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What are your predictions for the New York Jets vs. the Kansas City Chiefs in week 3?
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David Aitken – After a huge win on a short week, the Jets have an extra few days to prepare for their second 2015 playoff team opponent in three weeks. The Chiefs had trouble scoring last week in Houston, and it’s something the Jets have a good shot of replicating given how they matchup with Kansas City. The Bengals and Bills both killed the Jets the first two weeks with big plays in the passing game, an area of weakness for a team led by traditionally conservative Alex Smith. It’ll be a big test for other aspects of the defense, notably the new-look linebacker core as it pertains to covering the middle of the field. Travis Kelce is the most prominent tight end the Jets have faced thus far. Defensively the Chiefs were one of the most prolific teams in the league last year in terms of turnovers, which is a worry given Fitzpatrick’s history. He is coming off the game of his life, but given the trajectory of his career it probably isn’t a eureka moment. I predict a frustrating, low-scoring game where the Jets lose the turnover battle but have more red zone opportunities. Jets win at Arrowhead 20-16.
Kevin Zielaznicki – Besides the few plays where Tyrod Taylor torched the Jets defense for long touchdowns, the Jets dominated the Bills for the majority of the game on both sides of the ball. On offense, New York had few problems moving the ball up and down the field and did so however they wanted. New RB Matt Forte had a career game and finished with 100 yards and 3 TD’s. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw all over the Bills defense and spread the ball around to six different receivers. The Jets had nearly 500 total yards and Rex Ryan couldn’t find an answer to anything. On defense, the Jets were able to keep the Bills in check but for the second week in a row, gave up big plays in the passing game that changed the momentum of the game quickly and kept the Bills in the game. Against the Chiefs, I expect the Jets defensive line to give Alex Smith hell and I think the Jets offense will have little to no issue moving the ball as long as they stay away from CB Marcus Peters who is quickly becoming one of the league’s top defenders. Jets win this one 24-14 and improve to 2-1.
Nikki Charlesworth – A trip to Kansas City looks like a winnable game for the Jets coming off their week two victory in Buffalo, despite the difficulties of facing the Chiefs at Arrowhead. The Jets looked good on both sides of the ball last week and match up well again the Chiefs with their steady, rather than explosive offensive style. Defending deep passes has been an issue for the Jets in both week one and two but the Chiefs are less of a threat in this area. The Jets d-line should pressure Alex Smith throughout the game meaning they’ll struggle to get the chains moving and get points on the board.
Avoiding turnovers will be key for the Jets as the Chiefs have an impressive secondary which will threaten to neutralise the vast range of offensive weapons the Jets have. If Fitzpatrick can continue to build on last weeks’ performance and keep the ball in the Jets’ hands, this could be another offensive masterclass. However, letting the Chiefs win the turnover battle will turn the game on it’s head. Everything is in place to win this game so with a positive head on, I predict we enter week 4 with a 2-1 record and a 21-10 victory.
John Hargaden – After a much needed week 2 win on the road, the westward trend continues with a stop in Kansas City as the Jets look to go 2-1 on the year. There is no doubt about it, playing on the road is never easy, especially at Arrowhead. On paper when you look at these two teams it begins with their two strong defensive units and what they bring to the table. I believe what will be the key in this game is going to come down to who is the better QB. Alex Smith, who has revitalized his career in KC, has always been known as a game manager, someone who does not help you win games but also someone who does not make you lose games.
The Jets DL should be able to give Smith problems all game long. The Chiefs do have a interesting running game and it sounds like Jamaal Charles will make his season debut on Sunday. I do hope that if the Jets win the toss, they elect to receive and have a long opening drive to shut up that crowd and do not let them get back into it for the rest of the game. This will not be a easy win by any means however a W is more than possible.
Alex Kaczynski – Week 3 holds a tough matchup for the Jets heading into Arrowhead but I have the Jets coming out on top with a 24-17 win. One of the biggest factors in my opinion is how the Jets front 7 will take advantage of that banged up Chiefs offensive line. The big guys up front have to be frustrated with the amount of missed sacks last week and are hungry to get back on track. I believe the secondary will finally keep the long balls locked down and start play up to their full potential. As for the offense, I don’t see any reason for them to slow down. I would like to see Powell get more involved, I just do not like seeing Forte with that many carries this early. KC does not look as good as they were advertised at the beginning of the season. The only thing that scares me is Travis Kelce getting going but I am sure Bowles is preparing to slow the TE down. The Jets keep it rolling with a W.
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