Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Chiefs' D-Ends Bring Pressure

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Chiefs' D-Ends Bring Pressure

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Stopping running back Larry Johnson will be a priority for the Jaguars when they meet the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

But neutralizing defensive ends Jared Allen and Tamba Hali is a must for the Jaguars to have success offensively.

"It's going to be one of those physical games where everybody is just gonna have to buckle down, bring that extra chinstrap, you know," Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis said. "You can just tell that it's going to be one of those games."

The Chiefs' starting defensive ends, Allen and Hali have a combined 24 tackles, four sacks and seven quarterback pressures this season to go with four batted down passes. Allen returned to the Chiefs' starting lineup in Week 3 after serving a two-game suspension for multiple drunken-driving convictions. Second-year pro Hali has started in all four games.

The ends use contrasting styles to get to the quarterback. Lewis says Hali is more of a technician who excels at using his hands to beat blockers. Allen is more of a bull rusher who strives on outrunning and overpowering opponents.

"They're both big and active edge rushers," Lewis said.

Hali will line up on the left side in front of Jaguars tackle Tony Pashos. The Jaguars are still unclear about who they will put in front of Allen.

Jaguars left tackle Khalif Barnes suffered an ankle injury against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago and said Friday that he's unsure whether he'll start against the Chiefs. If Barnes can't go, the Jaguars will turn to Mo Williams, a former starter in his seventh NFL season.

"They're fast on the edges and very physical all the way around," Pashos said of the Chiefs. "This is a big challenge for us, but that's why you play. This game is gonna have a playoff-like atmosphere: two AFC teams fighting to get a win."


While formidable, Johnson isn't the only offensive threat on the Chiefs' roster. …

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