Found September 04, 2013 on Football Nation:
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars traveled two different paths to reach duplicate 2-14 records last season.A stagnant passing offense combined with a strong running game did little to score points for this team.A solid defense combined with five team representatives from the Pro Bowl remain a mystery as to why the Chiefs were so poor last season.The Jaguars was engulfed in misdirection from the start of the season. A coach in way over his head combined with injuries to a makeshift offensive line, the starting quarterback and star running back was enough to wave the white flag early and often on this franchise.So with the two worst teams in the NFL by record meeting in the first game of the 2013 season, what can fans expect? Is Blaine Gabbert’s broken thumb healed? Can Maurice Jones-Drew get over the injury that required surgery and rehab in the offseason? Does Alex Smith hold the key to the Chiefs' possible playoff appearance? And what about Andy Reid and Gus B...
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