Rollin' In The Rye

The Chiefs terrorize Ryan Fitzpatrick, despite not being at full strength

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It was a tremendous Sunday afternoon to be a Kansas City football fan, after the Chiefs blew out the New York Jets in a dominant 24-3 victory.

The Chiefs absolutely had their way with the Jets, creating 8 turnovers against a New York team that held their own offensively in the past 2 weeks.  The Kansas City offence didn’t have to do much but provide their fair share of competitions, as the defence took care of business by putting this matchup out of reach before the start of the 4th quarter.

It all started with Chiefs cornerback, Marcus Peters’ interception with 2:30 remaining in the 1st quarter. A horrible decision by Ryan Fitzpatrick ended up being costly for his squad; with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith taking advantage on the next possession by throwing a 12-yard TD pass to tight end Travis Kelce to end the quarter. The Jets offence couldn’t score more than 3 points in the 1st half, and the Chiefs started to pull away with a 17-3 lead going into halftime.

That’s when things went from bad to worse for Fitzpatrick, with him throwing an interception in the 3rd quarter and 4 interceptions in the 4th.  That was not a typo. He threw a couple of terrible passes, but perhaps his worst one came against Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson. With 3:45 remaining in the game, Fitzpatrick under threw a quick pass to Johnson, who then returned the ball back into the endzone for a 54-yard pick-six. It was Fitzpatrick’s 5th interception of the day. Johnson was arguably the best defensive player for the Chiefs, racking up a game-high 11 tackles (9 solo, 2 assisted), to go along with his lone interception. He also kept the Jets’ rushing attack under control, holding stud running back Matt Forte to 65 yards on 15 carries.

Meanwhile, Smith managed the game effectively for the Chiefs; completing 25 of his 33 pass attempts, to go along with 237 passing yards and a TD. In the absence of star running back Jamaal Charles, Spencer Ware took over as the lead back; rushing for 75 yards on 20 carries, to go along with a lone reception for 8 yards and a fumble.

It honestly didn’t take that much from the Chiefs offence in this one, finishing with 293 yards on offensive end; which was 12 less than the Jets, who had 305. The clock was managed well with the amount of running plays and quick passing plays by the Kansas City offence, holding on to the ball for just over 32 minutes in this game.

Every good team has a short memory, and the Chiefs displayed a lot of that against the Jets in their commanding win. It wasn’t the best game for the Chiefs offence, but they managed to play well enough to wear out the Jets defence and take control of this game with total possessions and time of possession. They’re currently 23rd in total offence, but they’ve always been the type of offence that finds a way to make plays when their needed. It’s more of a rushing offence than passing, and once Jamaal Charles returns from his injury their offence will likely reach their full potential.

The defensive side of the football for the Chiefs won this game, as they forced Fitzpatrick to throw 6 interceptions fumble the ball twice in the process. Key players like Tamba Hali (4 tackles), Ron Parker (3 tackles), and Eric Berry (3 tackles, 1 interception) played a big role in making big plays throughout the entire game. It seems like they’re starting to regain their 2015 form, where they finished 7th in total defence (currently rank 11th). They also rank 6th in total points allowed with 49, and by allowing their opponents to only average 16.3 points it seems like it’ll be pretty hard to score effectively on this defence. They’re also doing this without 4-time pro bowler and 2014 NFL sack leader Justin Houston, making this performance even more eyeopening.

This Chiefs team has outstanding potential, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep it up for the duration of the regular season. They’re the 2nd best team in the AFC West, and it looks like they have a serious shot at winning the division crown. One thing’s for sure, this team can play and they have the ability and versatility to beat any team on any given Sunday.

Their next matchup will be a tough one, with them taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Heinz Field; with kickoff scheduled at 8:30 p.m. EST.


All stats for this article are from NFL.com and pro-football-reference.com

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