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2013 Week 1: Stuart leads Jags to win 
Posted on October 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM.
Stuart stuns Chiefs


Stuart drops back and is about to hit receiver for first career passing TD

It was a debut for the ages, at least that was how Jacksonville fans felt after rookie quarterback AJ Stuart started his career by leading a dual pronged attack that upset the Kansas City Chiefs. Stuart had an incredible passer rating of 140.2 on his way to a four touchdown debut.

Stuart benefitted from the Jaguars defense picking off Alex Smith three times, allowing the Jaguars to have excellent field position for most of the game. Maurice Jones-Drew slashing apart the Chiefs defense on his way to 160 yards also helped settle the nerves of the young quarterback. While Drew didn't score, his 5.8 yards per carry helped remove pressure from Stuart who didn't have to face too many 3rd and long conversion attempts.

It was clear the Australian was built for the occasion on his way to being honored as player of the game. Stuart was a non discriminate passer, hitting seven different receivers during the game. He read the defense well, picking it apart with excellent accuracy on the day.

Asked after the game he felt about his debut, Stuart had this to say, "I'm honestly still quite stunned at how comfortable I felt out there. I have to thank my team mates for putting me in as a comfortable a position as possible though. Without them it may have been a different result." Stuart will no doubt receive some appreciation from his team mates for the solid head on his shoulders.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid had this to say about the young quarterback, "He did an excellent job out there, he handled the pressure well, but he will have a long way to go as teams get more film on him. I know that there will be different looks we will throw at him next time we meet. That said, great game by the kid today."

Could it be that the Jaguars have a franchise quarterback on their hands? Obviously there is a long way to go for Stuart to prove this, but he certainly started out on the right foot in week one.


Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sep 8, 20131ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)7140324
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0)13147640
Kansas City Chiefs
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Alex Smith23/4523923
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Jamaal Charles201155.81
Alex Smith3113.7
Dwayne Bowe122.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Jamaal Charles7568.02
Dwayne Bowe69015.00
Anthony Fasano4328.00
Devery Henderson34013.30
Braylon Edwards2136.50
Donnie Avery188.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Derrick Johnson10200
Eric Berry8000
Tamba Hali6000
Mike Devito3100
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Ryan Succop1/23/3626
Jacksonville Jaguars
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
AJ Stuart22/2924640
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Maurice Jones-Drew271605.90
Lonnie Pryor133.00
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Justin Blackmon68814.70
Cecil Shorts III45814.51
Denard Robinson328930
Marcedes Lewis33010.00
Ace Sanders2115.51
Clay Harbor2157.52
Maurice Jones-Drew2168.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Russell Allen7000
Takeo Spikes6010
Johnathan Cyprien5010
Alan Ball4010
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Josh Scobee4/44/41649
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