The New York Jets went into Arrowhead Stadium and laid an egg on Sunday. The Jets lost 24-3, and frankly, it wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated.
Sep 25, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) after their game at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 24-3. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Obviously, in a loss just like the New York Jets had, there are many reasons why Gang Green went into Arrowhead and got thoroughly handled by the Kansas City Chiefs. Honestly, there was no excuse for losing so soundly.
Truthfully, they probably should have been able to go into Arrowhead and win the way the Chiefs played up to this point. The Jets chose a bad time to have their worst game in a long time.
There are plenty of reasons why the Jets lost this game. Let’s dive into some of the big ones as here are the top five reasons why the Jets got completely embarrassed by the Chiefs in their Week 3 matchup.
Next: 5. Thursday Night Football
5. Thursday Night Football
You would think the layoff coming off of a Thursday Night Football game would help the Jets, because they had 10 days to prepare for the Chiefs. However, the layoff may have been a detriment to the team.
Think about it, they just came off of a big win over a division opponent that swept them in 2015. It was a huge game for the psyche of the Jets to beat the Buffalo Bills.
With that said, it may have crept into their psyche too much, because they came out flat. It could have been that the win over the Bills hurt their preparation.
They could have been stuck in the Bills game during the week, because of the layoff. A long weekend can do that to people.
Next: 4. The coaching
Dec 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles reacts against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
4. The coaching
On defense, Rodgers only called plays that led to only two sacks and one turnover. As a result of not getting to quarterback Alex Smith, he was able to pick them apart.
Gailey was just as bad. Decker wasn’t involved until late, and the triplets were held to eight catches for 95 yards and zero touchdowns.
Next: 3. The defensive line
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) reacts in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Jets 23-22. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
3. The defensive line
The talk of the offseason was the defensive line and how disruptive they’d be this season. When they got seven sacks against Cincinnati, everyone thought that would be the beginning of things to come.
On Sunday, against an offensive line that had allowed seven sacks coming in, they only mustered two. In addition to not getting sacks, there was no pressure on Smith at all.
Getting to Smith could’ve rattled him, and it also could’ve helped the secondary from constantly getting burned. Smith beat them on the intermediate and deep passes, and that means you can’t just blame it on the quick passes not giving the defense enough time to get to him.
The defensive line needs to do much better than what they showed against Kansas City. There was no excuse for getting handled like they did Sunday.
Next: 2. Getting burned by Travis Kelce
Sep 25, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
2. Getting burned by Travis Kelce
Each of the first three weeks, the secondary has allowed a major target of the opposing offense to beat them. In Week 1 it was wide receiver A.J. Green, Week 2 wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had a field day, and this week it was tight end Travis Kelce.
That is a good reason why the Jets are 1-2. It’s no surprise when you allow a quarterback and receiver to get into a rhythm, they can find a way to beat you.
Nevertheless, the Jets keep finding ways to allow one player to beat them. As a result of Kelce’s six receptions, 89 yards, and a touchdown, other players were able to get involved.
In fact, it allowed the other receivers to get involved to the tune of Smith getting the ball to nine different receivers. Even though six catches for 89 yards may seem innocuous, he did dominate the Jets secondary.
Next: 1. Turnovers
Sep 25, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Frank Zombo (51) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets had eight turnovers against the Chiefs, despite coming into the game with only two. Unfortunately, the hero of the season so far, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was the main culprit. After only throwing one interception in the first two games, and having the best game of his career, he had the worst game of his career.
He was 20/44 for 188 yards, zero touchdowns, and six interceptions, which resulted in a passer rating of 18.1.
Obviously, the Chiefs have a good secondary, but there are never any excuses worthy for a six-interception game, even with two coming in garbage time. In addition, there’s no excuse for allowing the best player in the Chiefs’ secondary to get two interceptions for the second week in a row.
Overall, it was a team-wide loss for the Jets. With that being said, the worst of the culprits was Fitzpatrick, and there’s no doubt about that.