Friday update: “Great opportunity…”

JACKSONVILLE – The task is as great as the opportunity.

Doug Pederson spoke to the media Friday as the Jaguars finished preparing for one of their toughest opponents of the season, speaking with respect for the Kansas City Chiefs and All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

He also spoke of the importance of Sunday for the franchise.

“I think there’s a lot to be learned,” Pederson said as the Jaguars (3-6) prepared to play the AFC West-leading Chiefs (6-2) at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. , Sunday at 1:00 p.m. p.m.

The Jaguars, who started the season 2-1, snapped a five-game losing streak last Sunday by rallying from a 17-point deficit for a 27-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders at TIAA Bank Field. To build on that momentum going into a Week 11 bye, the Jaguars must win in one of the toughest places in the NFL for road teams, and do it against a team that has played in the last four NFL Championship Games. AFC.

The Chiefs are 28-9 at Arrowhead since Mahomes became a starter in 2018 and are 3-1 there this season.

“You can learn about the character of your team,” Pederson said. “You’re on the road, hostile, crowd noise, all of that. We can also learn how we respond after a win last weekend and build off of that. This is a great opportunity for our guys to come in and play a very good soccer team, a well-trained team, a disciplined soccer team.

“It will be a good reference game for us to see where they are.”

Pederson also discussed Friday what has been a major topic surrounding the Jaguars this week: the ability of Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP the following season, to create big plays. improvising out of pocket.

“That’s the hardest thing,” Pederson said of Mahomes, who leads the NFL in passing yards (2,605) and passing touchdowns (21) this season. “That’s what makes him special as a quarterback, the ability to do that. I know every defense that faces Mahomes probably preaches the same thing. You just have to keep going to finish it. You have to play until the whistle and do what you can to try to reach him.

“Those are all the things that make it great. You just try to minimize as many of those plays as possible.”

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