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Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone has seen enough in five games of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to compare him to some of the best to ever play the position.

Or more accurately, an amalgamation of the best to ever play it.

Think the arm strength of Brett Favre and the accuracy of Tom Brady. The poise of Aaron Rodgers, the gritty gamesmanship of Ben Roethlisberger and the intelligence of Peyton Manning.

“You are talking,” Marrone said, “about someone that is a combination of a lot of the greatest players that have ever played that position with the way he is playing.”

Now, the question is whether the NFL’s best defence can slow him down.

The Jaguars (3-1) head to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to face Mahomes and the Chiefs’ high-flying offence in what is arguably the game of the week . Jacksonville’s only loss came by a field goal to the Titans, while the Chiefs (4-0) are coming off a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback win in Denver.

And whereas the Jaguars are allowing a paltry 259 yards per game and top the league in scoring defence, the Chiefs are putting up 410 yards and an NFL-best 36 points per game.

Much of that is due to Mahomes, who is averaging close to 300 yards passing. He has already thrown 14 touchdown passes without an interception and his ability to make plays when everything breaks down – such as that audacious left-handed pass against the Broncos – has turned him into an early MVP front-runner.

“He gives you challenges every which way,” Marrone said, “whether you put him in the pocket [or not]. He can make every throw. He makes quick decisions. You get him out of the pocket and he can extend plays. He is athletic enough to run and run for a long way and take it to the house. He has great command and he has great weapons around him and an outstanding offensive line.

“Right now, offensively, what you’re seeing is that it’s kind of unbelievable,” Marrone said, “which is going to be a great challenge. We have our hands full.”

To the Jaguars’ credit, the Chiefs are saying the same thing about them.

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