Week 1 Game Recap: New York Jets 7, Kansas City Chiefs 27
What you need to know
In what was supposed to be the first step towards a potential Super Bowl run, the Jets came into Kansas City and looked horrible in all phases of the game.
QB Chad Pennington had a most forgettable day. He was intercepted once, and fumbled a whopping six times (though he lost just one). Whatís more, he couldnít get the team into the end zone all game long. Jay Fiedler threw the touchdown pass at the end of the game
RB Curtis Martin had very little room to maneuver, gaining just 57 yards on 20 carries. His longest run of the game went for just 11 yards. He wasnít particularly active in the passing game, either, with three receptions for 20 yards.
Newcomer WR Laveranues Coles had an awful game. His stat line doesnít look terrible, with 66 yards on six receptions, but it was what he didnít do that really stood out. He dropped two touchdowns and outside of those chances, didnít really pose much of a threat to the Chiefsí defense.
TE Chris Baker made a huge splash in his start. Baker was the lone bright spot for the Jets, snagging a game high seven passes for 124 yards and a score. He didnít merely accumulate all of his stats during garbage time, either; he was quite productive throughout the entire game.
The Jetsí run defense was carved up all game long by Kansas City. Itís a hot topic of debate today as to what was the bigger factor Ė is the Jets defense overrated, or are the Chiefs just that good offensively? We think itís some of both.
The big question on everyoneís mind was how the Chiefs would divvy up the rushing touches between Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. Well, thereís good news and bad news. The bad news is, there doesnít appear to be a set pattern as to who will receive the carries at any given time. The good news is, both players may well be outstanding fantasy players this season anyway.
RB Priest Holmes took his second carry of the game and scampered 35 yards up the left sideline. He later added a three yard run, and generally looked very solid all game long.
RB Larry Johnson looked downright incredible. While Holmes had a very solid game, Johnson ran all over the Jets with no regard for who was in his way. Johnsonís first touch of the game was a 35 yard touchdown burst up the gut.
There doesnít appear to be a set pattern with who will receive the carries and at what point they will receive them. As stated above, Johnson got a carry on the gameís opening drive while Holmes was still in during essentially garbage time in the fourth quarter. While there doesnít appear to be a set pattern of use, it is clear that both players are definitely fantasy options. As our Mark Wimer has noted on many an occasion this preseason, owners lucky enough to have both Holmes and Johnson on their fantasy team could conceivably start both and reap the rewards. After one week at least, that doesnít sound like a terrible plan (who wouldnít sign up for 211 yards and three touchdowns from their starting backs?).
QB Trent Green entered the game with a lot of question marks surrounding him, after undergoing surgery to place a stent in his left leg a little over a week ago. While Green didnít post fantastic stats, he generally looked comfortable in the pocket and the leg did not appear to bother him at all.
The Chiefsí defense really came to play. Though they suffered several injuries to key members of the defense, the players who remained seemed to have an answer for everything the Jets threw at them. Of course, the Kansas City unit was aided by sloppy play on the part of New York, with miscues on the quarterback center exchange, a bad plant on a field goal attempt, and numerous dropped passes. But still, results are results. The Chiefs had a shutout until the waning moments of the game, when Chris Baker managed to find the end zone in garbage time.
Despite the good feelings of a big win, enthusiasm was tempered a bit as the Chiefs were banged-up during the game. LT Willie Roaf left with game with a hamstring injury, and isnít expected to be available next week. DT Ryan Sims was carted off the field with a foot injury. CB Patrick Surtain suffered a concussion after being violently tackled to the ground during his interception return. The status of all players will be updated throughout the week.
What you ought to know
Pennington had a nightmare game. When he wasnít fumbling the ball (he fumbled six times in all), he was throwing slightly erratic passes to his receivers. Penningtonís stat line could have been much better had it not been for Laveranues Coles dropping a sure third quarter touchdown. Additionally, one of the fumbles charged to Pennington actually wasnít his fault, as center Kevin Mawae snapped the ball over the QBís head when he had his head turned. Still, the other five fumbles were certainly all Penningtonís fault. It actually got to the point where you could expect Pennington to fumble the football anytime a Chief defender got within five yards of him. Penningtonís lone interception in the game was also a terrible read, as Patrick Surtain picked him off. In the reunion of sorts between Pennington and Laveranues Coles, the two didnít really get on the same page very often. Coles was rarely heard from, and Pennington didnít really seem to focus on looking his way all that often. One other thing to note: Pennington attempted only a handful of long passes all game, and none of them were even close to completion. Despite the offensive coordinator change from Paul Hackett to Mike Heimerdinger, the Jets offense very closely resembled the dink and dunk approach of the past few years.
|QB Jay Fiedler, Pass: 6 - 10 - 88 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0|
Fiedler came in for garbage time and prevented the Jets from being shut out. He completed a touchdown pass to Chris Baker with 29 seconds left in the game, yet also managed to contribute to the comedy of errors by New York when he fumbled. New York recovered the ball.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was very solid in his start as a member of the Jets. Fitzpatrick, who is known as a game manager, did an excellent job of keeping Clevelandís defense off-balance by intermixing quick completions with Chris Ivoryís hard-nosed runs. Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes, one to Eric Decker on a corner route and one to Brandon Marshall on a fade. Fitzpatrickís touchdown pass to Marshall was completed relatively easy due to Marshallís pure stature against a smaller corner, Joe Haden. Marshall gives Fitzpatrick a physical, dominant red zone presence. Fitzpatrick did throw one interception, but was luckily bailed out by Marshall, who stripped the ball away from the defender. Fitzpatrick commanded Chan Gaileyís offenses effectively and let Chris Ivory dominate in early down situations.
Geno Smithís athleticism, coupled with a little bit of luck, propelled the Jets to an exciting victory. With just 34 seconds remaining and his team facing a two-point deficit, Smith found a way to get into field goal range. Asking a rookie quarterback to pick up 50 yards without a timeout is a tall order, but Smith was very poised. To start the drive, Smith found Kellen Winslow down the seam for a 25-yard gain. Winslow settled into a soft spot in Tampa Bayís deep zone coverage and Smith delivered an accurate strike. After a quick spike, Smith had just 14 seconds to pick up another 25 yards. Smith took the next snap and rolled to his right. All of his targets were covered, so he opted to tuck the ball and run. After picking up 10 yards, Smith was forcefully pushed out of bounds by Lavonte David. Davidís miscue resulted in a 15-yard penalty that set-up the game winning field goal. Sometimes, it pays to be lucky.
Outside of his game winning drive, Smith turned in a typical first-game, rookie performance. For most of the game, Smith successfully executed Marty Mornhinwegís ultra conservative game plan. Mornhinwegís game plan focused on mixing Rex Ryanís ĎGround & Poundí mantra with a mixture of short-to-intermediate passes. Mornhinweg opted to split Smith out wide on seven Wildcat plays, but those plays were largely unsuccessful as the running backs struggled against Tampa Bayís stout front seven. While the running backs had a difficult time, Smith had some success as a runner and as a passer on designed roll-outs. On some passing downs early in the game, Tampa Bayís defensive ends lost contain responsibilities and Smith was able to get outside of the pocket. On a 3rd-and-8 play early in the second quarter, Smith rolled to his left on a designed run and picked up 13 yards. Smith received a great block from Kellen Winslow and was able to accelerate past the inside linebacker for the first down. Fans will not mistake Smithís vision and running ability with that of Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson, but Smith showed that teams must respect and account for him as a runner. Smithís running ability set-up his first career touchdown pass, a 7-yard, 2nd quarter touch pass to Winslow on an option route. Smith felt pressure from Adrian Clayborn and stepped up and delivered the touchdown throw.
Alike most rookie starters, Smith had his share of miscues, but fans were not expecting perfection in his first start. Smithís intercepted pass was intended for Chris Ivory, but was horribly overthrown. Luckily for Smith, the Jet defense bailed him out and intercepted Josh Freeman after the turnover. Smith took five sacks which were attributed to overload blitzes and Smithís inability to escape pressure. Smithís only costly turnaround occurred on a fumble deep in his own territory. Smith was attempting to throw the ball away, but a Tampa Bay defender smacked it out of his hands mid-release. This turnover led to a short Doug Martin touchdown run.
Smith did not overwhelm with his running or passing ability, but did enough to keep the Jets in the game. Turnovers are bound to happen, but his athleticism and ability to run adds a new dimension to an offense that boasts few playmakers.
Martin had very little running room from the outset. The Chiefs seemed determined to make Chad Pennington beat them, and he was unable to do so. Gunther Cunninghamís defense made it a point to reduce Martinís effectiveness, and it showed in the stat line. Martin totaled just 57 yards on 20 carries, and rarely had any room to run. His long run of the game went for a mere 11 yards. Martin nearly was able to salvage his day when the Jets got close to the end zone. Martin carried twice from the two yard line, but was stifled on both runs. Martin got all of the Jetsí running back carries in the game.
Blaylock started the game and was the Jetsí leading rusher, but averaged less than two yards per carry and his longest run was for only six yards. Blaylock rarely had much room to run, but tried gamely. He contributed two short receptions in the passing game.
Different team, same workhorse role. New York utilized Matt Forte in the same workhorse role that fans were accustomed to seeing him play in Chicago. During the pre-season, many thought that Forte would share snaps with Bilal Powell, but Powell used sparingly on third downs. Forte was unsuccessful on his lone goal line tote, but his ability to rack up yards as a rusher and receiver between the 20s remains elite. Forte had a long catch and run of 24 yards on a designed screen pass where he set up his blocks and accelerated into the open field. Forte was New York's leading receiver, but that's not a great indicator for Chan Gailey's fast paced offense.
With a crowded backfield, Houston was declared inactive for the game.
Powell was named the teamís 3rd down back going into the season but 3 of his four touches this week came on 1st downs. He finished the game with 3 carries and 1 reception, but all of them came in the first half. With Tebow around and running the ball regularly, there probably wonít be many opportunities for backups like Powell or Joe McKnight in most weeks.
Coles had a poor game, even though he turned in 66 yards on six receptions. He dropped at least two sure touchdowns, one just outside the goal line and one actually in the end zone. Both passes were in his hands and should have been caught for scores. Had he held onto the first one especially, the game could have turned out very differently. There was actually an additional third pass that Coles could have caught for a score, but it bounced off his hands and went out of bounds. It would have been a nice catch, but certainly one that Coles has made before. Outside of his drops, his name was rarely mentioned during the telecast and he was virtually invisible from the Jetsí offense for long stretches of time.
The fact that McCareins was targeted eight times, yet only came up with three receptions, is very telling. He made very little impact in what has to be considered a colossal disappointment. Many had seen the hiring of OC Mike Heimerdinger as a boon to McCareins, since the two worked so well together in Tennessee. Thereís still a lot of season left to be played, of course, but this was a most inauspicious debut.
Chrebet wasnít even thrown to in the first half, but was looked to more as the game went on. He didnít do a whole heck of a lot with his targets, garnering 33 yards on three receptions. He appears to still be settled in his role as the third receiver, and one of the leagueís better third-down options.
Cotchery has moved into the starting lineup and was Penningtonís most targeted receiver. He caught six balls for 65 yards and one touchdown. His long reception was for 19 yards, and four of his receptions resulted in first downs. Cotchery lost a two yard touchdown catch that was called back by a holding penalty. He was in as a punt returner, but had only fair catches.
Eric Decker was targeted a team high six times, but Smith was intercepted on the lone misfire between the two. Decker was whistled for a few penalties, namely holding on run plays and offensive pass interference for being too physical beyond the five-yard buffer. The majority of Deckerís receptions occurred on bunch formations where New York set blocks to give Decker opportunities in space. Deckerís longest reception occurred on a deep post pattern where he beat Charles Woodson with a double move. Decker received one red zone target from Michael Vick on a designed gimmick play. Decker ran a drag route along the back of the end zone, but Vick overthrew him. A well placed throw would have resulted in an easy touchdown.
After missing most of the pre-season with a concussion, Enunwa immediately made his presence felt in the first quarter. Fitzpatrick targeted Enunwa three times on New York's opening touchdown drive, which culminated with a 3-yard touchdown reception. With the defense primarily focused on stopping Marshall, Enunwa ran a quick out route and hauled in a 3-yard touchdown. Enunwa was physical at the catch point to keep the smaller corner at bay. Enunwa primarily operated out the slot and found success against smaller corners. Enunwa is a big bodied, physical receiver that physically resembles a tight end that proved to be a tough match-up.
Marshall was targeted a team-high nine times as he took advantage of an obvious mismatch against Joe Haden. Marshall, who primarily played in the slot as a member of the Chicago Bears, lined up outside and was targeted on screens, crossing routes, and in the red zone. Marshall scored in the third-quarter on an easy 1-yard pitch and catch. Marshall was matched up against Haden in single coverage and easily beat him to the score. Marshall bailed Fitzpatrick out after a costly third quarter interception by stripping the ball away from the defender. Marshallís physical, dominant presence was a welcomed addition for a Jet offense that hasnít a true top receiver in years.
David Nelson started and recorded the first reception of the season. Nelson settled into the middle of Oaklandís zone coverage and worked back to secure his lone catch for 19 yards.
Baker had a monster game. Sure, three of his receptions, 36 of his yards, and the touchdown grab all came with the game well in hand and Jay Fiedler in at QB. But that means Baker still had four receptions for 88 yards when the game was as-yet-undecided. Baker largely took advantage of Kansas City blitzing to sit down underneath and wait for the dump off from Chad Pennington. While it may not keep up, for one week at least, Baker was an integral part of the Jetsí passing attack. He was really the only bright spot for the Jets offensively, and heís a player to keep an eye on.
For the precise reason you should keep an eye out for Baker, thatís exactly why you should pretty much avoid Jolley at this point. His role in the offense is very hazy, and only three passes went in his direction (none in the first half). If an injury should befall Baker, then Jolley might be someone to keep an eye out for. But at this point, he is just a solid NFL backup tight end Ė and a fantasy afterthought.
After ridding themselves of Doug Brien in the off-season, the Jets certainly envisioned a more promising start with their new kicker in town. Unfortunately for New York, Nugentís first career field goal attempt (from 28 yards out) became a disaster. He extended his plant leg a bit too far on the attempt, causing him to slip. The slip, in turn, caused the kick to come out low, and the Chiefs easily blocked it. Nugent did connect for the extra point following the Baker touchdown.
The combination of Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson combined to carry the ball 31 times for 195 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs began the game with the following plays:
5-yard run by Holmes
35-yard run by Holmes
35-yard touchdown run by Johnson
And from there, the Chiefs were well on their way to a rout. One side note: On the Holmes three yard touchdown run, replays showed that he actually came up about a yard short of the end zone. Somehow, the official right on the spot failed to see it that way. The Jets did not challenge, and the score stood. Had New York challenged the play (and likely won it), the Chiefs would have had a third and goal from the one yard line.
The Chiefs were able to basically run at will, so they didnít feel the need to test the Jets secondary much. But when they did, they found success there as well. The Jets had their moments, such as when Trent Green was in the midst of completing just one pass in nine attempts. Or when Green was about to deliver the dagger blow to New York, only to be intercepted in the end zone by newcomer Ty Law. Of course, at other times it seemed as if the only reason the Chiefs didnít throw for 350 yards was because they didnít have to. The Jets had numerous matchup problems, with David Barrett getting beaten an inordinate number of times early on. The Jets recorded just one sack of Green, and didnít really get consistent pressure on him during the game.
|QB Trent Green, Pass: 15 - 26 - 200 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Green wasnít great, but he was efficient when he needed to be. Most importantly, he showed no ill effects from his leg surgery procedure last week. His mobility was never a strength to his game, so that aspect isnít a concern. One play in particular that stood out was early in the game when he was facing an oncoming rush from New York. Rather than crumble and take a sack, Green was able to maneuver himself, step towards the line, and flip the ball to Priest Holmes for a completion down to the three yard line. While heíll never be confused with Michael Vick, it was nice to see Green able to get around well on the leg without any hesitation. His one big miscue came on an ill-advised pass into the end zone. Looking for Samie Parker in the corner of the end zone, Ty Law broke off coverage of his man to step in front of the pass for the interception. It was more a nice play by Law than a terrible pass by Green, but it was still a pass that probably shouldnít have been made as there was a lot of congestion in the area. Green also endured a stretch during which he completed just one of nine passes, including one pass that was nearly intercepted by Eric Barton. But Green was able to recover from that and enjoy a solid win, though not a spectacular day stat-wise. Green lost eight yards passing on a play that was called back due to a holding penalty.
Smith was the epitome of a game manager in week one against Jacksonville. He looked very comfortable in Andy Reid's offense, taking his time behind what was generally good protection and simply taking whatever the Jaguars defense gave him. Smith's day was hampered greatly by drops including one from Anthony Fasano on his first pass. Smith threw a near perfect pass to a streaking Fasano down the left seam and the big tight end simply let the ball go through his hands. Fasano wasn't the only one dropping passes as Jamaal Charles dropped at least three passes in the first half alone. Both of Smith's touchdown passes came in the first quarter. The first was all Donnie Avery, as Smith hit him with an easy short out and Avery broke a tackle to get into the end zone. The second went to Junior Hemingway in the back of the end zone with Smith rifling a bullet into traffic and Hemingway making a nice grab. One pass Smith had dropped was a gift as he hit a Jaguars corner in the chest with a pass in the second quarter and was fortunate it wasn't an interception. With the game in hand in the second half, Smith had no need to force anything and really didn't do much to help his stat line.
Holmes finished with unspectacular stats (by Priest Holmes standards), gaining 90 total yards and scoring once. Of course, no Holmes owners are going to complain about that kind of a stat line on a weekly basis. It may be a mild concern to some that on a day when Larry Johnson absolutely ripped up the Jetsí run defense, Holmes averaged fewer than four yards per carry. Rest assured, his final stat line was a bit of a fluke. Holmes had gained 95 yards on his first 20 carries. Then with the game completely out of reach and the Jets knowing Kansas City would be running, they brought the house on successive runs late in the game. Holmesí last two carries ended up totaling minus ten yards. So, his stats could have looked better. Most Holmes owners were probably primarily concerned with how he looked. Well, he took his second carry of the game for 35 yards up the left sideline. And his three yard touchdown run was a spectacular effort, during which he dragged several defenders a few yards each on his way to the goal line (though replays showed he actually came up about a yard short, luckily for him New York did not challenge the play). Curiously, Holmes was still in the game with just under ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs already up 27-0. Holmes lost eight yards receiving on a play that was called back due to a holding penalty.
Johnson was the obvious star of the game. His very first carry of the season was a 35 yard score right up the gut of the Jetsí defense. He went completely untouched on his way to paydirt, and the blocking scheme on the play was simply perfect. Following the score, Johnson wasnít heard from for awhile. But every time he came into the game after that, he made his presence felt. He added a second touchdown run, a four yard burst in which he absolutely flattened several Jets defenders to get the score. Considering how highly-regarded the Jets defense is, the only assessment we can say about Johnson is that heís legit. He simply cannot be tackled on the first hit, and it isnít overrating him to say that he may be the better option for the Chiefs offense at this point, regardless of what Priest Holmes has done in recent years. CBS commentator Phil Simms even pointed out that Johnson is certainly the more explosive of the two backs.
The Chiefs fullback managed to get a single carry early on this week and make a couple of short catches.
The biggest conversation topics in regards to Charles this past off-season were about his fumbling problems. However, the Chiefs have reportedly created a package of plays built entirely around the speedster tailback out of Texas. His role in the teams Week One game was larger than expected and he was used in both the running and passing game. He averaged more than five yards per carry on the ground, tallying up 28 yards on five carries. In addition, he caught two balls for six yards.
Davis was absent in the first half from the offense and the team went to Cyrus Gray when they needed to spell Jamaal Charles early. When he did get in in the second half, Davis looked very concerned with ball protection which seemed to limit how hard he hit the hole. The team doesn't look like they fully trust him yet.
In an unlikely twist, Sherman led the team in receptions and receiving yards. His production gives a glimpse as to how much more production Jamaal Charles could have had if he'd simply caught the ball. Sherman was hard to bring down in the open field and broke several tackles on his way to 44 receiving yards.
Spencer Ware looked every bit like a number one back today as he racked up 70 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown, and caught 7 of 8 passes for 145 yards out of the backfield. Ware put this team on his back with almost 200 yards of total offense on only 18 touches. The big strike came on a 45-yard reception from Smith to start a touchdown drive in the third quarter. Ware also took the ball in from 5 yards out to tie the game with just over a minute left to go. Ware will get the majority of the work while Charles is out and is a must play against Houston next week.
West figured to get a boost in snaps this week with Jamaal Charles out, but only really factored into the passing game. West rushed the ball 3 times for -1 yards but did reel in 6 catches for 24 yards. West is no more than a deep flex play when Charles is out, and will not factor in much upon his return.
Kennison wasnít looked to often, but when he was good things usually happened. On a day when the Chiefs didnít really need to put the ball in the air much, Kennison snagged a team high four passes for 76 yards. All in all, it was a typical day at the office for Kennison.
Parker wasnít heard from too much, and wasnít targeted at all in the second half. He was the intended target on the Trent Green interception in the end zone, so the good news out of that is that at least the Chiefs were looking for him in the end zone.
|WR Dante Hall, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (7 targets)|
Hall was more active than weíre used to seeing in the passing game, and led all Chiefsí wide receivers in passing targets. He did little with the opportunity, with none of his receptions going for more than eight yards. In fact, his largest contribution to the game was a negative one, as he muffed a punt return late in the first quarter that helped set up the Bengalsí first score of the game.
The Chiefs do not have a clear number 2 wide receiver, but Conley did see 7 targets today catching 4 for 43 yards. The majority of the attempts went to Maclin, Kelce, and Ware. Each week we can expect a different receiver to see the targets until one can step up and separate themselves from the other. Conley is an interesting name to watch going forward as see if the volume of targets continues.
Hammond was the only receiver the make a catch outside of Donnie Avery. His lone grab came on a deep cross where he found himself wide open. Hammond bobbled the catch but ultimately pulled it in for a 22 yard gain. That play was one of the few times Hammond generated any separation at all.
Jeremy Maclin made his much-anticipated debut as a member of the Chiefs on Sunday. He led all receivers in targets with nine on his way to a 5 catch, 52-yard performance. Maclin and Alex Smith connected for the first time on the opening drive, a short pass out of the shotgun that Maclin was able to extend for 9 yards before being pushed out of bounds. They connected again on the teams' second touchdown drive, a short pass that went for eight yards to bring the Chiefs across midfield. Two plays later, Smith was able to hit a wide open Travis Kelce for a 42-yard touchdown, the presence of Maclin undoubtedly contributing to the blown coverage on Kelce. Maclin's solid first game as a Chief could have been even better as a 39-yard reception was called back in the third quarter due to a Texans challenge on whether he had control or not. He was slightly banged up on the play but did not appear to suffer any lingering effects. All-in-all a solid debut for Maclin, he will fit in very nicely as the WR1 for the Chiefs.
Thomas had a very quiet day offensively, carrying the ball once for nine yards and adding on a catch for two more yards. He also handled punt return duties, returning 5 for 81 yards - the longest of which was for 19 yards. Thomas is an intriguing prospect as the WR3 for the Chiefs due to his speed and elusiveness, but provides little fantasy value until he has a consistent role carved out for him.
Urban recorded no catches. The talk that he is going to become a fantasy relevant WR in this offense comes to a screeching halt after this game.
Webb had one pass thrown to him. He should have had it, but it deflected off of him and was intercepted by Dunta Robinson. It was not a good day or a memorable performance for Webb.
Albert Wilson's biggest contribution on offense occurred on the team's opening drive, a 13-yard connection with Alex Smith. He showed nice speed and elusiveness on the short screen pass out of the shotgun formation. Wilson would add on two more catches and finish the day with 3 receptions for 25 yards. He could see a small boost in targets this year as more attention will be paid to the big three of Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce, but is really nothing more than the fourth option in the Chiefs offense.
Gonzalez provided standard Gonzalez type stats, with 4 receptions for 51 yards. He failed to score, and wasnít heavily featured in the game plan, but he didnít come up empty, either. None of the Chiefs receiving threats were featured heavily, and with the running game so dominant, 51 yards is about all Gonzalez owners could have hoped for. He didnít seem to be bothered by any of the various maladies that bothered him this past off-season.
Wilson was used primarily as a lead back and appeared to handle that job pretty well. He was a disappointment on his only touch however. He only caught one pass, which was immediately knocked out of his hands for which he was credited a fumble.
After being listed as questionable on the injury report, Kelce was active but did not figure into the game plan.
After a disastrous start to the preseason, Tynes started coming along later in the month. He carried over that good fortune into Week one, as he nailed a 41 yard field goal right down the middle on his first attempt of the season. He also later connected from 38 yards out, but capped his day negatively by hooking a 32 yard attempt late in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs made a concerted effort to stifle Curtis Martin in the game. He finished with just 57 yards on 20 carries. Mission accomplished. Shutting Martin down enabled the Chiefs to build their lead and force the Jets to pass pretty much the entire second half. With Kansas City knowing what was coming, it made their job that much easier. DT Ryan Sims was carted off the field in the first half with a foot injury. No update was given on his condition.
We donít want to overestimate this unit long term based off of one week, but the Chiefs looked awesome in this phase of the game. While they were bailed out by numerous Jets miscues, the Chiefs also did a fine job of making some plays themselves. They put pressure on Chad Pennington all game long, forcing him into some poor passes. They covered the Jetsí receivers very well, save for two plays where Laveranues Coles was able to get behind them (he dropped the passes anyway). Two down notes: 1) The Chiefs came within 29 seconds of shutting New York out, but gave up a touchdown to TE Chris Baker on the Jetsí final possession. 2) Starting CB Patrick Surtain suffered a concussion in the first half. After intercepting a Chad Pennington pass, Surtain streaked downfield. During the return, he was tackled from behind and his head was driven forward into the turf. Surtain remained down for several moments, but eventually got to his feet and walked off under his own power. He did not return to the game, and his status for next week is unclear at this point.