Before I look ahead to Sunday night’s game against the New York Jets, a recap of the Chiefs DOMINANT 41-10 victory over the Chicago Bears. Everything that could go right went Kansas City’s way on Sunday and they could not be stopped. Granted, the stark contrast in defense between the Chicago Bears and the Chiefs upcoming opponent, the Jets is important to keep in mind. New York has a lot of playmakers on that side of the ball, who I will talk about later as this article progresses.
Chiefs Offense Finds their Groove
Sunday was an offensive clinic from coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes went 24-33 for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He picked apart Chicago’s pass defense all day. Travis Kelce scored a touchdown as part of his 7 catch, 69 yard performance. Running back Jerick McKinnon scored the other two touchdowns through the air.
What impressed me most about this performance from Kansas City was the ease in how they could move the ball down the field with 31 first downs compared to the Bears 11. They also dominated time of possession nearly doubling Chicago’s total 36:13 to 23:47. Also, converting 10 out of 14 third downs will help too. And how’s this: the Chiefs only had one punt all day. The other three times they failed to convert a third down, they ended up with field goals from Harrison Butker. The offense might have stolen the show, but Kansas City’s defense showed up too.
Defense Shows Up In a Big Way
Defensively, the momentum the Chiefs had against the Jaguars carried over in a big way. Kansas City held the Bears to 203 TOTAL yards. Quarterback Justin Fields struggled mightily only completing 11 out of 22 passes for 87 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Safety Mike Edwards had the interception. This coming week, the defense should have another stellar week against a struggling New York Jets team, whose season went from great anticipation and hope to a dumpster fire in a matter of three weeks.
Jets Grounded in a Major Way
The New York Jets seemingly were in position to make big things happen this year, even in a loaded AFC. Personally, I picked them to make the AFC Championship game against Kansas City. That’s because they had superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Jets had everything in place seemingly to make a serious championship push: a great running game, a good group of receivers and most of all an outstanding defense. The defense is led by cornerback Sauce Gardner and stout defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. This was supposed to be the year. However, a dream quickly became a nightmare because of one major flaw: the offensive line.
All off-season, the Jets had issues with trying to address it and it came back to bite them when it took just four plays against the Bills in week one for Aaron Rodgers to suffer a devastating injury: a torn Achilles. Just like that, the excitement and positive vibe was sucked out of MetLife Stadium and it’s been downhill for New York ever since.They turned to quarterback Zach Wilson who was the number two pick in the 2018 NFL draft and he has not been good. Although in the off-season and during training camp, the mentorship of Rodgers was seemingly helping Wilson in the right direction, it’s been anything but positive this year.
New York is coming off a tough 15-10 loss against their division rival New England Patriots. Their offense has been non existent the last two weeks and they have no continuity since Rodgers went down. They can’t run the ball effectively and the playmakers they have at wide receiver, Garret Wilson and Allen Lazard have not made an impact. I don’t see that changing against a Chiefs defense that is getting better week by week.