By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer
If Sunday’s game against the New York Jets showed how good the Kansas City Chiefs defense really is, Chiefs fans can really get excited. The Kansas City faithful packed Arrowhead Stadium for the matchup between two 1-1 AFC teams and it was their defensive unit that proved they are among the best in the league.
It was a rough day for Jets’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who was coming off of a solid performance the previous week against the Buffalo Bills. His six interceptions tied a franchise record while also setting a new career high.
Kansas City’s rookie sensation from a year ago, Marcus Peters, recorded his first interception of the afternoon on a Fitzpatrick pass late in the first quarter. The Chiefs offense was able to answer, thanks to some great field position. A 12-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce made it 7-0 Kansas City after one quarter of play.
New York fumbled on the next drive and the Chiefs once again took advantage of their mistakes. A Cairo Santos 27 yard field goal made it 10-0 with just over six minutes remaining in the half. The kick return by the Jets was then fumbled and the Chiefs Demetrius Harris took it 27 yards for another score. And just like that, it was 17-3 Kansas City.
The second half did not get any better for the Jets and after both teams exchanged punts to open the third, the Chiefs appeared to have something going offensively. A 42-yard pass from Smith to Kelce put the Chiefs into Jets territory. Later in the drive, it was the running back of the Chiefs, Spencer Ware, appearing to score from six yards out. However, Ware fumbled on the play, with the ball rolling out of bounds in the end zone and leading to touchback.
Fortunately, the Chiefs defense once again made their presence known by recording their second interception of the afternoon. This time it was Eric Berry who picked off Fitzpatrick in the end zone. The Chiefs failed to score off the turnover but they would go into the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead of 17-3.
It was the struggle in the red zone that once again cost the Jets in the final quarter. After producing what appeared to be a solid drive, Fitzpatrick was once again picked off by Peters in the end zone and it would be the beginning of a quarter he’d want to forget.
Kansas City’s Daniel Sorensen would then record his first career interception and later, a 55-yard interception return by Derrick Johnson would ultimately seal the deal. The return made it 24-3 with 3:28 remaining in the game. Rookie D.J. White also recorded his first career interception and the Chiefs ran out the clock to defeat the Jets 24-3. The Chiefs moved to 2-1 on the season and will travel to Pittsburgh next week for the primetime matchup on Sunday night.