After going 1-0 to start the season, the NY Jets lost their last two games, putting them back at the bottom of the AFC East. A brutal showing against the Dallas Cowboys brought the Jets back to .500, and an even worse showing against the New England Patriots last Sunday made matters worse.
Last Sunday, when the Jets welcomed the Patriots to MetLife Stadium, there was a lot of hope in Gang Green getting their first win against New England since 2015. Sadly, this wasn't to be, as the Jets fell to the Patriots by a final score of 15-10.
Things get worse for the Jets this week as they welcome Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to MetLife tonight. If the Jets hope to defeat the Chiefs, here are three things that must happen.
3. Pressure Patrick Mahomes early and often
It's nice seeing the NFL not have a juggernaut like Tom Brady in it anymore...oh wait, it still does. Patrick Mahomes is picking up exactly where Brady left off, becoming easily the top quarterback in the league today.
Last week, the Chiefs dominated the Chicago Bears, winning by a final score of 41-10. Mahomes threw for 272 yards and three touchdown passes. It also marked his first game of the season without an interception and his highest completion percentage of the year so far: 72.7%.
If the Jets have any chance of upsetting the Chiefs on Sunday night, it will start with the defensive line getting to Mahomes. The last thing they need is for Mahomes to be able to relax in the pocket and throw darts the entire game.
Pressuring Mahomes early and often, leading to him making inaccurate passes, could be a game-changer.
2. Contain Travis Kelce
One of the most impressive things about the Chiefs is their ability to pump out talented receivers like it's nothing. When Tyreek Hill first left the Chiefs, fans weren't sure what to expect. However, the Chiefs managed to win the Super Bowl in Hill's first year away, and this is due to one big reason.
Mahomes is able to connect with all of his receivers, but arguably his favorite one of all time is one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game — Travis Kelce.
Kelce is an absolute unit on the field, and he's very hard to bring down for any defense. Due to a knee injury, Kelce didn't play in the first game against the Lions, but he played in the past two games, and he's looked better than ever.
This is incredibly alarming for the Jets secondary, who will need to do whatever it takes to contain Kelce. Last week, Kelce had a field day against the Bears, hauling in seven receptions for 69 yards. He has also scored a touchdown in each of the two games he's played this season.
1. NY Jets offense has to be more productive
This key is about as vague as it gets, and honestly, it's for good reason. Truth be told, it does not matter how the Jets offense gets going — all that matters is they find some sort of way to outscore the Chiefs. Whether it be in the passing game or the running game, they must get into a rhythm from the start of this game.
The Jets' passing game has been nonexistent lately. After a very solid showing against Buffalo in Week 1, the Zach Wilson of old returned against the Cowboys and Patriots.
Wilson threw three interceptions and one touchdown against the Cowboys and was held dormant by the Patriots defense. If the Jets hope to defeat the Chiefs this week, Wilson must figure it out. Thankfully, he does have somewhat of a security blanket.
After finishing with 127 yards against the Bills in Week 1, Breece Hall was dormant in Week 2 against the Cowboys, recording just four rushes for nine yards. Hall saw much more playing time against the Patriots, picking up 18 yards on 12 rushes.
Despite not having the yardage total he would like, the rushing attempts number is right about where it should be for Hall. Whether it's through the air or on the ground, the Jets' offense must get something going against the Chiefs.