Chris Jones leads the Chiefs’ 17-9 NFL Week 2 win vs. Jaguars, months after his return from holdout

The Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid claimed himself to favor the offense, but the team’s defense, led by Chris Jones, was their only savior last night. The Chiefs got the first taste of victory in the regular season by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in their week 2 match.

With this win, Patrick Mahomes’ squad earned the feat of beating the Jaguars for the eighth straight time. The last time the Chiefs clinched a 27-20 victory over them in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs last season.

Chris Jones leads Chiefs to 17-9 victory vs. Jaguars

On a day when the Chiefs’ offensive side seemed lackluster, their strong defense saved them from the embarrassment of starting the season with two back-to-back losses. Thanks to Chris Jones who got the game ball by tallying 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits along with a pass deflection, and a tackle for loss to lead his squad.

Mahomes raved about the four-time Pro Bowler saying how the veteran managed to shine on the field despite not being a part of their training camp.

“Just to be able to make that impact on a game after not being in training camp. You can work out as much as you want [away from the team]. To be able to come to Jacksonville, where it’s hot and humid, and just dominate against a great team, it’s special. It truly is special. I’m glad he’s on our team.”

The defensive weapon’s first sack forced a turnover on downs at midfield while forcing one of the five Jacksonville punts on the day in the third quarter. The Jaguars found an opportunity to tie the match in the fourth quarter, but the pressure from him and Felix Anudike-Uzomah did not let the effort come to fruition.

The Chiefs’ defense overall played incredibly as they allowed Jacksonville to score only nine total points along with zero touchdowns across 11 possessions.

Chris Jones makes his NFL return months after holdout

This offseason was full of speculation about Chris Jones’ contract dispute, and the situation deteriorated as he decided to hold out ahead of the regular season. Mahomes openly asked to satisfy the vet’s requirement while the Chiefs fans pleaded to bring him back into the squad.

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Fortunately, the 29-year-old ended his holdout that initially began at training camp and continued till the Chiefs season-opening match. The franchise decided to take the footballer back to the active roster by signing him to a one-year deal with incentives. The incentives in the new deal can earn him about more than his $19.5 million base salary that he was already set to make.

He was reportedly seeking a new deal to get paid closer to Aaron Donald’s $31.66 million per year. Ultimately, the franchise tried to satisfy him by settling on an incentive-laden deal. The Chiefs will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 24 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

What’s your prediction regarding the match? Tell us in the comments.


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