NY Jets: Scouting the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of Week 8 matchup

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The NY Jets will travel to Kansas City to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

What could go wrong? The NY Jets are staring 0-7 right in the face. They’ve gone through a countless number of injuries, substandard gameplans, and a lack of willingness to win. What does that spell? 0-16

The Jets don’t disappoint when it comes down to blowing first-half leads, or any lead, for that matter. Last Sunday’s game against Buffalo is a prime example of what has gone wrong with this team overall.

A valiant defensive effort held the Bills to just 18 points over six field goals this past weekend. The offense couldn’t muster five (!) net offensive yards in the second half of Sunday’s outing.

Fast-forward to this week’s matchup. The Chiefs, who just eclipsed 43 points on a respectable Denver Broncos defense, are going unleash the beast who is former-Jets running back Le’Veon Bell on the field come Sunday.

Bell will certainly have something to play for when he lines up across his former team, he may as well throw a wink Adam Gase’s way as well.

Heck, releasing Bell was probably the most genuine decision this organization has made in years. And, with all due respect, they’ll feel the brunt of that decision Sunday afternoon.

The NY Jets will likely be without a few notable players this week.

Taking a peek at the Jets’ injury report ahead of Sunday’s matchup. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who missed last week’s game with a groin injury that kept him sidelined during practice for the majority of the week, will likely miss this week again after suffering a setback.

Breshad Perriman, who suffered a brutal hit during Sunday’s outing, is currently still in concussion protocol. The veteran wideout has already been declared out for this week.

Safety Bradley McDougald is sidelined with a shoulder injury which will open the door for rookie safety Ashtyn Davis to step into McDougald’s role at strong safety. Left guard Alex Lewis and kicker Sam Ficken will both practice this week and are trending towards returning.

In terms of what to watch when analyzing the Jets versus Chiefs, the Chiefs will surely look to run plenty of pre-snap motion and two-running back sets in an attempt to confuse the Jets in their defensive alignment.

Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, a candidate for the Jets’ head coaching search before the hiring of Adam Gase, will surely look to disguise his offense in many different ways that will likely end in turmoil for a team in the Jets that is reluctant to adapt their gameplan to in-game situations.

We’ve seen this over and over again with the Jets. Their refusal to make in-game adjustments in crucial situations (i.e. half-time, commercial breaks) will spell the end of the Adam Gase era.

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The Jets will be looking to end their seven-game losing streak against a formidable team in Kansas City. While the Chiefs, much like many other teams who play New York during the regular season, will look to extend their record to 7-1 and command further control of the AFC West.

Score Prediction: Chiefs 33, NY Jets 6