10 crucial moments and overlooked angles from Chiefs vs. Jets

Isiah Pacheco having a career game and Patrick Mahomes having an off-game was not the only thing that happened Sunday night. Here are several tidbits you might have missed.
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7. Tommy Townsend’s punt

It is not too often you get a punting highlight, but after the safety on the Jawaan Taylor facemask penalty, Tommy Townsend went full send on a free kick. You do not see safeties very often, but when you do, you do not see punters kick it out of the end zone from their own 20. 

Pardon Pat McAfee’s language on this video, but the former first-team All-Pro punter could not have been more impressed with Townsend’s boot here. 

8. Chiefs are getting really good at the four-minute offense

Super Bowl 57, Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Week 4 against the New York Jets all have a very impressive thing in common. The Chiefs either had the lead or were tied and drained the clock to win or kick the game-winning field goal with mere seconds left. 

In those three drives combined, the Chiefs have chewed 16 minutes and 49 seconds off the clock. It was seven minutes and 24 seconds on Sunday night and in today's NFL, that is such a good quality in a team. How often do you see a team score too soon and end up losing? That was impressive against a dominant Jets defense.

9. Chiefs wide receivers disappeared

The wide receiver game is getting worrisome. The Chiefs have proven they can win games with a weaker receiving core, i.e. the 2022 AFC Championship game, but that is not the way they want to live. 

Even though they combined for 122 snaps Sunday night Skyy Moore put up zero yards, Marquez Valdez-Scantling tallied six and Justin Watson ended with five. That is the second time this season Moore has put up a goose egg and it is hard to depend on him with that type of inconsistency. Rookie Rashee Rice has been the bright spot so far, but it is hard to lean on him to be your number one. 

I am not sure if anybody worth it will be out there at the trade deadline, but the current core at wide receiver did not state their case to be contributors against the Jets. Nobody seems to get open, even on the broken scramble drill plays. 

Even though Rice was fourth on the team in snap counts for wide receivers, he led the team in targets. Mahomes clearly trusts him more than the others right now and it may be time to see what you have in Justyn Ross. It could be interesting to see what you get out of Kadarius Toney in a Mecole Hardman-type role and play him more than 17 snaps as well.

10. Harrison Butker has been perfect this season

When you win a game by three points and your kicker nails his three field goals and two extra-point attempts, it needs to be praised. Not only that, but Butker is perfect in all 19 of his kicks so far this season. It is a nice thing to not stress about.