The Chiefs probably have practices that are harder than the game the Jets gave them Sunday. To no one’s surprise, Kansas City dominated Gang Green in a 35-9 win that sent the Jets to 0-8 and showed
The Chiefs probably have practices that are harder than the game the Jets gave them Sunday.
To no one’s surprise, Kansas City dominated Gang Green in a 35-9 win that sent the Jets to 0-8 and showed the gap between these two teams is about as big as the Pacific Ocean.
The Jets had no answer for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw five touchdown passes without breaking a sweat. On offense, the Jets moved the ball in the first half, but settled for three field goals. Then, they pulled another second-half disappearing act.
The Jets were still in the game at halftime, trailing by 12 points at 21-9. But three straight three-and-outs followed by a drive killed by a Chris Herndon fumble in the third quarter ended any hope the Jets had of making this one competitive. They ended up punting five times in the second half after not punting once in the first.
The Jets have gone seven straight quarters without a touchdown.
The loss sends the Jets to 0-8 for the second time in franchise history, matching the start to the 1996 season when the Jets finished 1-15. That team won in its ninth game, so the Jets could set a new mark for futility in franchise history next week against the Patriots with a loss. The Jets remain on the path to the No. 1 pick and the chance to draft Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs improved to 7-1.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold did not turn the ball over, but struggled with a weak supporting cast around him. The Jets were missing receivers Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman. Darnold completed 18 of 30 passes for 133 yards as he dinked and dunked for most of the day.
Another week will bring more questions about the job security of Adam Gase. He is now 7-17 as Jets coach and the team has lost four games this year by 20 points or more. The Jets have a bye after next Monday’s game against the Patriots. That could be when owner Christopher Johnson makes a change.
Kansas City showed how easy this one would be on its first drive. The Chiefs sliced through the Jets defense, going 90 yards on seven plays. Mahomes threw his first touchdown of the day, but it was a push pass to Mecole Hardman, who ran 30 yards through the Jets defense for the touchdown.
While the first touchdown was a short one, Mahomes threw a 36-yard strike to Tyreek Hill, who got past rookie safety Ashtyn Davis, for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
Mahomes threw for 416 yards on 31 of 42 passing.
Sergio Castillo, kicking in place of the injured Sam Ficken, made three field goals in the first half to keep the score close. His third field goal made it 14-9. But the Jets knew they needed touchdowns and not field goals, but could not score them.
Mahomes orchestrated another seven-play, 76-yard drive before halftime that he finished off with an underhand shovel pass to tight end Travis Kelce for a 3-yard touchdown and a 21-9 lead.
The Jets had a chance to cut into that lead before halftime. A celebration penalty on Kelce and a kickoff out of bounds by the Chiefs gave the Jets the ball at the 50 with 58 seconds left. A fourth-and-4 pass from Darnold to Braxton Berrios set the Jets up at the 29 for a 47-yard field-goal attempt. Castillo’s try was blocked, though, by Armani Watts and recovered by Hardman, who looked like he had a chance to score but was tackled.
Mahomes added two more touchdown passes in the second half while the Jets offense spun its wheels. It was not as bad as last week when they managed 4 yards in the second half. This time, the Jets had 64 yards in the second half.
About the only thing that went well for the Jets was Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell did not run wild on them. It could have been a nightmare scenario for Gase if Bell went off on the Jets just three weeks after they cut him. Bell had 7 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 31 yards.