Kansas City Chiefs “turnover” a new leaf against New York Jets

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Strong safety Eric Berry
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Strong safety Eric Berry /
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And the award for worst pun in a Chiefs blog post title goes to…..

The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the New York Jets and their quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday in route to a 24-3 win at Arrowhead Stadium. It was the first time this season that the Chiefs didn’t fall behind by double digits early in the game and not surprisingly, it worked out pretty well for them.

The Chiefs forced a whopping EIGHT turnovers in the game (including six interceptions of Fitzpatrick) and returned two of those turnovers for touchdowns. There is definitely room to question the amount of points that the offense put up off those turnovers, but the bottom line is that KC won by 21 points and there isn’t a Chiefs fan alive that wouldn’t have happily accepted that result before the game started.

The two best things about this game that Chiefs fans should feel good about going forward is that they finally figured out how to get off to a fast start and that their defense looks capable of making big plays even with their young secondary and without the injured Justin Houston. There may be some people out there that will “poo poo” the Chiefs defensive performance by saying “Fitzpatrick imploded”. While NOBODY can deny that Fitzpatrick played poorly, it was KC’s defense that unhinged him.

In the Jets first two games of the season (a home loss to the Bengals and a road win in Buffalo) they averaged 29.5 points per game with Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Dating back to 2014 Fitzpatrick had a touchdown to interception ratio of 51 to 24 in his 30 games played going into Sunday. So Fitzpatrick was averaging less than an interception per game over his last 30 games before he rolled into Arrowhead to face the Chiefs.

Just last week against the Bills he completed over 70% of his passes for 374 yards (that’s 11.0 yards per attempt) a touchdown and no interceptions. So when KC holds him to just 45.5% completions, 4.3 yards per attempt and SIX interceptions that is an amazing defensive effort. Period.