By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets defeated the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 38-31 Sunday afternoon. In a game that was the pinnacle of back-and-forth, it essentially came down to who made a final stop on defense.
Quarterback Josh McCown had a tremendous day, especially if you had him in fantasy. He went 26-of-36 for 331 yards with one passing touchdown and another two rushing scores. Matt Forté had 58 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards with a touchdown. Powell had 48 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Jermaine Kearse had 9 catches for 157 yards and Robbie Anderson had 8 catches for 107 yards. The Jets also included rookie wideout ArDarius Stewart in the game plan, as he was targeted on multiple screens, and also had 3 carries for 5 yards.
The Chiefs were playing more like the Chiefs we saw in the beginning of the year, but it wasn’t enough to win. Alex Smith had 366 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing yards with 70. Tyreek Hill killed the Jets with 185 receiving yards and two scores. Travis Kelce also had a pair of touchdowns, along with 94 yards.
The Chiefs let the game get away from them after Kearse went 51 yards on a pass to the KC 5. From there, the Chiefs committed multiple penalties, allowing the Jets to kill four minutes. On one key penalty in the end zone, Chiefs corner Marcus Peters picked up the referee’s flag and chucked it into the stands in protest. He was penalized and left the field promptly, though the refs did not eject him and he did return to the sideline.
Nothing exciting except for the Jets’ fourth-down stop happened on defense for either team.
Harrison Butker did miss a short kick for the Chiefs, ending his franchise record of 23 consecutive made field goals. Overall it was a game of offense and big plays, and it resulted with New York on top.
Next week, the Jets travel to Mile High for a game with the struggling Broncos. This definitely seems like it will be an easy win for the Green Guys.