Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Kansas City Chiefs At New York Jets
- QuarterbackCan you feel the panic that is overtaking Kansas City? The 5-0 start is a distant memory, and there are no signs that the current tailspin is about to end. The Chiefs have lost five of six, and their last two losses to the Giants and Bills are particularly noxious. Alex Smith had a great start, but he is struggling badly now as his receivers have had a difficult time getting open.The Jets have been competitive most weeks, and they had a solid chance to beat Carolina in Week 12 before a couple of mistakes turned the game into a loss. Josh McCown has been a steadying influence with a 67.3 completion percentage along with a 17-8 TD-interception percentage, but his fumble was returned for a key TD by the Panthers.
- OffenseEarly in the season, rookie Kareem Hunt was dominating out of the backfield with his speed, power and talent as a receiver. However, his big-play ability appears to have hit a wall. The Chiefs clearly need Hunt to get back to his early-season form. Tight end Travis Kelce is one of the best at his position in the league, while Tyreek Hill has game-changing speed.The Jets have three running backs in Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire and veteran Matt Forte who can all be productive, but none of them are dominant, big-play specialists at this point. Robby Anderson has been one of the biggest individual surprises in the league with 714 receiving yards, seven TDs and 16 plays of 20 yards or more. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins can make the tough catch in traffic.
- DefenseThe Chiefs have not gotten the job on the defensive side, because they lack speed and overall depth. Outside linebacker Justin Houston can fight through blockers and get to the quarterback, and he has registered 8.5 sacks. SS Daniel Sorensen has a team-leading 67 tackles and five passes defensed. Inside backer Derrick Johnson has 51 tackles and five passes defensed, but he struggles to keep up.The Jets have played hard on the defensive side of the ball, and they have played above expectations. Inside linebacker Demario Davis leads the team with 92 tackles and has also contributed 4.5 sacks. Defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson are both able to hold their own on the line of scrimmage, but they have not been dominant this season.
- Special TeamsThe Chiefs have done a decent job on special teams, and they are led by the explosive Hill, who has a punt return for a touchdown and the ability to make tacklers miss. PK Harrison Butker has done an excellent job, making 23-of-24 FG attempts.The Jets have been outgained on both punt and kickoff returns, and that has been a problem for this limited team. PK Chandler Catanzaro has been adequate, making 18-of-22 FG attempts. Lac Edwards has dropped 23 punts inside the 20-yard-line.
The Chiefs have some personnel advantages, but they are playing so badly that they may not be able to compete with the Jets. The home field may help the Jets come up with a home victory.