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, a more high-profile matchup.The Jaguars (3-1) will play at Kansas City (3-0) next week 鈥?a game that features the league's top defense against one of the league's most potent offenses."We pride ourselves on being a really good defense so this is a great challenge for us," defensive end Calais Campbell said following a 31-12 victory against the New York Jets on Sunday. "We know they've got firepower everywhere. Everywhere. I'm looking forward to the challenge. This defense, we believe in ourselves, so this is an opportunity for us to go and see what happens."The Jaguars have put together four impressive defensive outings to start the season, allowing 324 yards against the New York Giants in the opener and then getting better every week since.New England (302 yards), Tennessee (233) and the New York Jets (178) scored a combined three touchdowns against Jacksonville's vaunted defense. Two of those came off turnovers. New England's first touchdown in Week 2 followed DJ Chark's fumble near midfield, and the Jets' lone touchdown Sunday also was gifted. T.J. Yeldon fumbled at the Jacksonville 29-yard line. Trumaine Johnson scooped it up and returned it to the 5 .Sam Darnold connected with Jordan Leggett in the back of the end zone three plays later.The Jets managed little else.The Chiefs should be more difficult to cover, between speedster Tyreek Hill, fellow receiver Sammy Watkins, tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and quarterback Patrick Mahomes."The secondary welcomes these games," Jaguars safety Barry Church said. "We know they're going to throw the ball all over the place, so as a secondary we've got to go out there, prove that we're one of top secondaries."They have options at every level like slot, outside receiver, tight end, running back and a quarterback that can throw it a hundred yards so that's going to be a great challenge for us. But I think we have the players that will step up and be ready for the challenge."Jacksonville had plenty of motivation the last four weeks: top executive Tom Coughlin's first game against his former team (Giants) Black Carson Wentz Jerseys
, a rematch of the AFC title game (Patriots), a division game against the only team that swept the Jags in 2017 (Titans) and a third consecutive home game against the team that snubbed Doug Marrone for its head coaching job in 2015.Next up are the high-powered Chiefs."We've got another game, a great team we're playing next week," Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said. "We've got KC, and that's what our focus is on now. Like I said, we've got to this win, enjoy it now. It's in the past."Here are some other things to know following Jacksonville's win over the Jets:FOURNETTE OUTJacksonville's biggest concern is the health of running back Leonard Fournette, who re-injured his strained right hamstring after missing the last two games. Fournette ran 11 times for 30 yards before leaving for good."Anytime you come back and you're ready to go and then all of a sudden you get injured again, it's not a good sign," Marrone said.MESSAGE SENT?Marrone insisted he followed the chart, calling for a 2-point conversion after a fourth-down touchdown run in the final seconds of a lopsided game. Few believed him.Marrone was seemingly sending a message to the Jets , the team that passed on him three years ago and hired Todd Bowles."He doesn't like those guys," Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "I don't know what they did to him, but he doesn't like them."Marrone said he had no hidden agenda or extra motivation, which was hard to believe considering he took a subtle shot at Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson in late August.DARNOLD STRUGGLESJets rookie Sam Darnold was harassed early and often , getting sacked three times and nearly throwing three interceptions.Darnold completed 17 of 34 passes for 167 yards. He got little help since the 1-2 punch of Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell combined for 26 yards rushing."We've got to make plays that were there," Darnold said. "I've got to make throws that are there and not think too much Carson Wentz Jerseys 2019
, take what they give me and we'll start to find completions and get into a rhythm." PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nigel Bradham played nearly an entire game with a broken thumb that required surgery afterward.Why?The Philadelphia Eagles are fighting for a playoff spot and needed their best linebacker.“It was definitely painful but it was something I had to get through,” Bradham said after having six screws inserted into his right hand.Bradham plans to be out there again when the Eagles (5-6) host the Washington Redskins (6-5) on Monday night in an important NFC East matchup. The defense is already missing several key starters and can’t afford to lose another one.“I want to be out there regardless,” Bradham said. “That’s just my thing. I’m always trying to be available.”The defending Super Bowl champions need a victory to stay one game behind the division-leading Cowboys (7-5) with a showdown in Dallas coming up next week.Cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, safety Rodney McLeod and linebacker Jordan Hicks are among the injured starters on Philadelphia’s defense. But the Redskins are also dealing with several injuries, including losing quarterback Alex Smith for the rest of the season.Colt McCoy made his first start in four years in a 31-23 loss at Dallas on Thanksgiving. He’s had more time to prepare for the Eagles after only a couple walkthrough practices last week.“Repetition is king and he doesn’t get any reps,” coach Jay Gruden said. “When you’re calling the plays, making protection adjustments, seeing the route concepts versus cover 2, versus cover 3, versus man to man, sitting your foot in the ground, avoiding the rush. Doing that in practice is very, very important for a quarterback’s progression.”Here are some things to watch for Monday night:DIFFERENCE MAKEREagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had an interception that turned the momentum and helped the team rally to beat the Giants 25-22 win last week. He filled several roles on defense, including nickel cornerback and linebacker, and also played on special teams.“I don’t know if we could have won that game without having a guy like Malcolm Jenkins that has the flexibility to move to different positions, and the athletic ability to do it,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “It’s easier said than done. It’s not just knowing what to do. … but we played at a high level with him in there.”AGELESS APAdrian Peterson is on his way to his eighth 1 Youth Mike Quick Jerseys
,000-yard rushing season and will face a defense that has struggled against the run, allowing 100-yard rushers in three straight games. The 33-year-old slowed down in November, gaining only 171 of his 758 yards. But the Eagles no longer are the same unit that had the NFL’s best run defense in 2017.“He’s found the fountain of youth,” Jenkins said of Peterson. “We have to do a good job bottling him up if we’re going to have any success.”TATE’S IMPACTSince acquiring wide receiver Golden Tate, the Eagles have struggled on offense and Carson Wentz is having a difficult time distributing the ball to his receivers. Tate has only 11 catches for 97 yards in three games. Nelson Agholor has just one reception in the past two games. Alshon Jeffery has 11 catches and no touchdowns in the last three.DEFENSIVE DOWNTURNWashington’s defense that was ranked first in the NFL early in the season has slumped in recent weeks, struggling against the run and pass. The Redskins have the fourth-most takeaways but are near the bottom of the league in third-down stops, which comes down to a mix of game plans, ill-timed matchups and missed tackles — all things they’ve tried to correct since losing to the Cowboys.“It’s really about just focusing,” linebacker Mason Foster said. “You can’t let little things here or there, motions and all that stuff, get you distracted and get your eyes in the wrong place. You end up chasing ghosts. Really it’s just about being locked in and trusting the man next to you, get back to the way that we play football and be physical and tackle.”ROOKIE’S TIMEUndrafted rookie Josh Adams, who went to Notre Dame, has emerged as Philadelphia’s lead running back following a season-high 84 yards on 22 carries last week, including a 1-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion. The Eagles lost Jay Ajayi to a season-ending knee injury and veteran Darren Sproles has been out since Week 1.