The New York Jets enjoyed their best offensive performance of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
As the New York Jets prepared to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they were wearing a few labels. Among them were the words “middling offense,” as in the team employed one of the NFL’s below average offensive units—one which ranked No. 20 in total points scored and No. 23 in total yardage on the year.
One week later and the Jets have set new highs for themselves in 2017. They put up an incredible 38 points against the Chiefs, the most points scored by Todd Bowles team all year. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other numbers:
- The Jets ranked No. 27 overall in total first downs, yet they put up 30 of them on the Chiefs, 13 over their average. The previous high in 2017 was 23.
- The Jets converted 65% of their third downs versus the Chiefs (13 of 20). Their season average is 37%.
- The Jets put up 488 total yards of offense. That bests their previous season high by 80 yards.
- It was only the second game all year that the Jets had not turned over the ball at all.
- It was the only game of the year in which the Jets surrendered zero sacks all season.
- Both the passing and running games were in fine form against the Chiefs defense. Josh McCown’s 331 passing yards were the second-highest total this year. Meanwhile the Jets 157 rushing yards as a team was the third-highest total of the season.
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There’s simply no way around it. The Chiefs defense allowed a subpar offense to have a banner day. It wasn’t just that they got lucky here and there. This is a team that put up nearly 40 points on a unit that just added Darrelle Revis and is supposed to have several Pro Bowl players. Jets receivers consistently created separation and the Chiefs pass rush was nowhere to be found.
It’s hard to imagine a worse overall performance by the Chiefs defense, other than the several goal-line stops in the fourth quarter (and even those are offset by some silly penalties).
It’d be one thing if the Patriots, Saints or Eagles had put up this kind of performance against the Chiefs. Instead, Kansas City has to figure out how they can possibly correct these issues without a serious offseason overhaul—if that’s even possible.