Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 14 match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs, which is once again…a do or die game.
1. Kansas City’s offense is bad…bad enough to make you appreciate the New York Jets offense. They have averaged 7, yes 7, points over the last 5 games and that includes a touchdown on a Hail Mary. Tyler Palko is about as good as a poor man’s Brooks Bollinger. This is the type of game where Rex Ryan needs to send the house early and often to force some turnovers.
2. Kansas City does have an ability to run the football a little bit. Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster are having okay years. Former New York Jet Thomas Jones is struggling, averaging only 3 yards per carry.
3. Dwayne Bowe is their top target in the passing game but Darrelle Revis should be able handle to him. If there is any type of receiver who gives Revis problems, it is quick ones who run very precise routes. Bowe is far from that.
4. The Chiefs do have a very respectable defense. They have a creative 3-4 scheme, led Tamba Hali who has already racked up 8 sacks this season. First round pick Justin Houston (remember his name from pre-draft speculation?) exploded with 3 sacks last week after a slow start. Brandon Flowers is a very good corner, who will probably be matched up with Santonio Holmes.
5. Besides the Chiefs coaching staff, who is full of ex-Jets. How about these names? Jon McGraw plays for them at safety and Anthony Becht is on the roster at tight end. Talk about long lost crappy ex-Jets.
6. If Joe McKnight doesn’t suit up, look for Antonio Cromartie on kick return and for Bilal Powell to be active. I wouldn’t expect Powell to get any work on offense though, unless LaDainian Tomlinson leaves early with an injury.
7. Very quietly the Jets are 5-1 at home this year. Could there finally be some kind of advantage developing at MetLife Stadium?
8. You would hope for once, the Jets don’t have to play an ugly, down to the wire game that will require last minute heroics. This is their “easiest” game left by far. Sunday is a time to get a lopsided win and build some confidence heading into more challenging opponents.
9. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s time of the year and it is hard to see him not getting at least 20 carries this week. He has only had one 100 yard game this season. There couldn’t be a better time for number two.
10. I would love to see what this team could do in a game that they didn’t muff a punt or kickoff.