By:Marvin Chambers|4.0 Sports Media
MetLife Stadium-The Jets have won three straight home matchups against Kansas City and it would take a collective effort on offense and defense to extend that streak to four.
The Jets’offense accumulated 488 total yards on offense (331 passing and 157 on the ground) it was the highest net total of the season. The Gang Green just made plays after plays to outlast Kansas City 38-31 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
“It’s certainly not where we thought we’d be after a 5-0 start, but that’s the NFL,” said Alex Smith, whose Chiefs now sit 6-6. “Every team can get you in this league on any day. We’ve had some games were I think both sides, offense and defense, really felt like they weren’t holding up their end for each other.”
The Chiefs had a difficult time in containing quarterback Josh McCown (26 of 36, 331 yards and a touchdown),receivers Jermaine Kearse (nine catches, 167 yards) and Robby Anderson (eight catches, 107 yards) opened up the running game that ran for 159 yards on 47 carries who average of just 3.4 yards per carry but kept the defense off balance as the Jets improved their record to 5-7.
Alex Smith who finished 19 of 33 for 366 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, was on fire on his first two possession. His first pass was a completion to receiver Demarcus Robinson for 10 yards, his second was a completion to Travis Kelce for 32 yards, and after another completion to receiver Tyreek Hill for 11 yards, Smith connected with Kelce again for a 22-yard touchdown throw.
The drive took just two minutes, 38 seconds.
On their next possession, Smith found a wide-open Travis Kelce in the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown that took just six seconds. Both touchdown throws came against zone coverages and it looked liked it was going to be a long day for the Jets.
“We got some good looks with him matched up on some guys that we felt good about,” Smith said of Kelce. “I’m going to be honest, there aren’t that many matchups that aren’t favorable. He just has that type of ability.”
At that point, Kansas City led 14-0 with five minutes into the game, but the Jets would wake up as they began to attack the Chiefs’ with short and intermediate routes. Running back Bilal Powell iniated a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard scamper on their next drive, Josh McCown finished an eight-play, 68-yard drive with a 1-yard sneak to tie the game at 14-14 before the end of the first quarter.
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker redeemed a missed 38-yard field goal off the right upright his first miss in 24 attempts, and only his second of the season — but Butker redeemed himself with a 36-yarder halfway through the quarter.
The Jets took a 21-17 lead into halftime when McCown completed another scoring drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Matt Forte to extend their lead to 24-17, the Jets added a field goal right after halftime.
Alex Smith knew he had to go to his reliable receiver Tyreek Hill on the next drive. On the first play of their next drive, Smith aired out a deep bomb to Hill, who ran under it for a 79-yard touchdown that tied the game.
New York added a pair of field goals and the Chiefs found themselves in a 30-24 deficit early in the fourth quarter. But Smith wouldn’t go do without a fight and went back to Tyreek Hill, who had a few strides on a corner on a post route and caught in a 40-yard TD pass to put Kansas City ahead 31-30.
McCown put the Jets on his back and plunged in from the 1 to take a 36-31 lead with 2:21 left on the clock. A last minute defensive stand sealed the game for the Jets.
“Those guys did a great job. We gave up two touchdowns quick, but the offense ran the ball well. They mixed it in well. I thought Mort( Offensive Coordinator John Morton) had a great game plan. I thought they executed very well.” Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles said.