Sep 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid argues a call on the sideline during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
With the Jets coming to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday the Chiefs face a big test.
While the New York Jets aren’t the class of the AFC they are a good team and should be in playoff contention come January. After playing a Houston Texans team that they should have beat the Chiefs need to show the NFL what kind of team they really are.
On Friday’s show we discussed how Kansas City can get a quick start and we discussed Alex Smith with John Pollard
Kansas City has a chance to have a statement type game at home. They could then really make noise in Pittsburgh with a win. The Chiefs have to find a way to start quickly and get the Jets out of their game plan early. The Jets defensive line will not be easy to run on and will give the Chiefs offensive line fits if they aren’t fully prepared.
Chiefs Offense Must Start Quickly
Kansas City’s offense has to focus on getting the ball out quick on passing plays. They must also find effective running plays to get the ground attack going. The Jets defensive is the strength of their team but they are not without weaknesses. Smith can also use his legs to escape pressure and change the pass rush the Jets will send after him so he can pick up first downs.
Smith should be looking for Kelce early and often in this game. The Jets linebackers and corners will not be able to match up with him and the Chiefs need to take advantage. If the Jets double Kelce then the Chiefs need to be sure to attack Revis. He has given up big plays in each game. Running the ball with Ware and West should help open up the passing game. Throwing to them should help stretch out the defense as the Jets will have to pick up RB’s out of the backfield.
Aug 13, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) is congratulated by defensive back Daniel Sorensen (49) after Peters
Chiefs defense must pick up from where it left off
When the Chiefs take the field on defense they should have a good chance to slow down the Jets. Kansas City showed against the Texans an ability to take away the running game. That ability could be a big key against NY. If the Chiefs can make the Jets a one-dimensional team then they will have a much better chance of getting after the passer as well. Kansas City’s pass rush is still closer to anemic than flourishing, but they sometimes get to the QB.
The Jets could be without star wide receiver Brandon Marshall but will still have Eric Decker. NY is hoping Marshall will be healthy. If he can’t go the Chiefs chances of keeping Fitzpatrick in check go way up. Taking away Fitzpatrick’s biggest weapon on a team with limited talent at the skilled positions is a big step towards making a big statement.
The Chiefs linebackers have to continue where they left off from last week when it comes to stopping the run. Kansas City needs to bottle up Forte and make him work for every inch he gains. Forte still looks like a great tail back.
His prior injuries suggest he can’t take the beating of an every down running back. Derrick Johnson and Justin March played well against the Texans. March is still growing into his role as a starter. His instincts will create havoc in the middle of the offense.
The Chiefs offense and defense is fully capable of taking the game to the Jets from the get go. They should be able to take the Jets offense and shut them down. Bob Sutton will have a very good game plan on how to stop his old team.
While Kansas City has the ability the question becomes is it something they will do. Can Reid find his magic from last season and start the Chiefs down another big winning streak?