Can the Eagles’ offensive line stop Kansas City’s Chris Jones from bull-rushing Jalen Hurts?
Defensive tackle Chris Jones is having one of the best years of his career by piling up 15.5 sacks during the regular season. He also helped defend Arrowhead Stadium’s honor while earning his first two postseason sacks versus the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Championship Game.
Jones had a team-high six pressures in the title game, and he has led the league in that category since Week 10 with 44. Eagles Javon Haragrave is right behind him in third place with 38 pressures since Week 10.
Jones is a hard opponent to stop. Even when he is double-teamed, he often still finds a way to the quarterback or ball carrier. More often than not, he affects the play, even if he doesn’t make the play himself.
While placing two bodies on Jones sounds like a solid strategy, the byproduct is the opposing offense allows other Chiefs the opportunity to make big plays. Guys like Frank Clark, Willie Gay, and Nick Bolton have often been the beneficiaries of Jones’ hard work. Don’t forget about the rookie. He’s been pretty special as well.