The Kansas City Chiefs returned two turnovers for touchdowns, intercepted three passes in the end zone and forced eight turnovers total in a 24-3 victory over the hapless New York Jets on Sunday.
Marcus Peters had two of the picks for the Chiefs (2-1), including the first of four off the Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. Daniel Sorenson had another, Derrick Johnson returned his 55 yards for a touchdown, and D.J. White snagged his in the end zone with 1:54 left in the game.
The eight turnovers were the most by the Jets (1-2) since they set a franchise record with 10 in a loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 21, 1976.
Alex Smith was 25 of 33 for 237 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City, while Spencer Ware added 75 yards rushing. But it was the performance of the defense - and all those Jets turnovers - that helped the Chiefs bounced back from their first regular-season defeat in 12 games.
Eric Berry picked off a pass in the end zone late in the third quarter, and a fumbled kick return by the Jets' Jalin Marshall was returned 27 yards by Demetrius Harris for another score.
Fitzpatrick was dismal a week after torching Buffalo, going 20 of 44 for 188 yards. His six picks were a career high, surpassing the five that he threw for St. Louis against Minnesota in 2005, and tied a franchise record.
The Jets' Matt Forte, who scored three times against the Bills, was held to just 65 yards rushing. >> Read more
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There aren't enough words to express my thoughts on this game, but the game started about as bad as it could have and never really got better from there. While it is easy to look at the fluke turnover for touchdown on special teams as an aberration, the Jets showed few signs of life in Kansas City.
The offensive game plan and its execution were awful. The Jets frittered away too many downs early in the game, running Forte into the backs of his lineman or right into the gaping arms of a pretty stout Chiefs front. The Jets were unable to get Quincy Enunwa involved early. The defensive backs were too much for Fitzpatrick -- or perhaps Fitzpatrick was too much for himself.
On defense, the Jets did a good job up front, but that defensive front is becoming a Maginot Line when the secondary can't contain anything. Be it Travis Kelce on simple drag routes, or players squeaking out of the backfield (Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill) no one seemed capable of containment maybe other than Jeremy Maclin ... but I wouldn't say it was so much about what the Jets did but what Maclin didn't do.
The Jets started the season well with a hard fought game against the Bengals and then a convincing win over the Bills, but laying an egg against the Chiefs which included Fitzpatrick's six interceptions will have New York talk radio in an uproar for days. Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy week leading into Jets-Seahawks.