We’ve all heard the old cliche about needing to get off to a fast start. After all, a coach would sound pretty silly stepping up to the podium and preaching about needing to dig a hole for their team. But while looking through the various stats on the Jacksonville Jaguars, it would appear this week it is more important than ever.
If Todd Haley wins the coin toss, he will no doubt be tempted to take the ball in the second half and attack the trouble Jacksonville offense. History says that would be a mistake. In their history, the Jaguars are 39-88 when the other team scores first.
The numbers look even better for a team like the Chiefs that has struggled to finish games, but is outscoring their opponents 41-27 in the second quarter. The Jaguars are an amazing 60 games under .500 when they trail at halftime (27-87), including 0-3 this season. Meanwhile, this season Kansas City is 2-1 when they are leading at half.
All signs point to a Chiefs KO if they can put the Jaguars on the mat early.