*Updated, 9:00 p.m. ET
*The going often gets tough at Arrowhead Stadium. The Jets had lost three of their last four here before Sunday, and all opponents had dropped their last seven in a row in the sea of red.
Sunday was no different. The Jets, who looked so crisp offensively and made plays when they were needed on defense on Thursday Night Football at Buffalo, couldn't do any of that in the dreary Missouri suburbs. The Green & White turned the ball over eight times, two of them in the Chiefs red zone in the second half, and fell to the Chiefs this afternoon, 24-3.
WR Brandon Marshall, despite knee and foot issues, did start as usual but he, Ryan Fitzpatrick (six INTs thrown) and the Jets offense, although they did mount some drives against the Chiefs, showed none of the scoring knack they displayed against the Bills.
As a result, Kansas City improved to 2-1 overall and in the AFC while the Jets slipped to 1-2 in both categories and need a win again in their return home to face the Seahawks next Sunday.
"I'm stunned, I'm disappointed, [ticked] off, mad," head coach Todd Bowles said afterward. "But this is Game 3. We're a team, we're going to be together for a long time this year. We've got to regroup Monday and get back to work.
"It wasn't just Ryan," the coach said. "He had a bad day at the office. Last week he had a great day at the office. ... We've got to cut the turnovers. We're not going to beat anybody turningg the ball over."
Here are 10 observations as the game unfolded at Arrowhead:
1. Out of the Gate Rapid-LeeRookie Darron Lee, getting his second start and first in place of an injured Erin Henderson, picked up his first pro half-sack, splitting the honors of taking down Alex Smith with Lorenzo Mauldin, to force the Chiefs to punt at the end of their first drive. Lee would add a tackle for loss on each of the next two drives as well. It was the 22nd time in the last 24 games the Jets opponents did not score a touchdown on their opening drive.
But KC would be back knocking at the door in short order.
2. Marcus the MagicianFitzpatrick tried to find rookie WR Jalin Marshall on third down. Instead he found Marcus Peters, who came up with his third pick this year and his 11th in 19 pro games, at the Jets 35. That set the Chiefs up to drive to TE Travis Kelce's 12-yard TD reception from Smith and the Chiefs opened the scoring at 7-0 in the Missouri rain. It was the fifth straight game at KC that the Jets had fallen behind by at least 7-0 in the opening quarter.
Kelce finished with six catches for 89 yards. "He just ran a lot of shallow crosses and got open," offered S Calvin Pryor, adding, "The way we played today was not Jets football."
3. Gift PointsBilal Powell lost a fumble after a third-down reception that Kansas City cashed in for a short Cairo Santos field goal. Then on the ensuing kickoff, J.Marshall fumbled into the hands of Demetrius Harris, who returned it for a TD. It was the Jets' third giveaway of the first half, with the Chiefs scoring all of their first 17 points off of those turnovers.
4. Off the DeckThe Jets needed to get something done in the first half, and they did it with the help of rookie WR Robby Anderson, who made his first NFL reception and took it 26 yards to the Chiefs 12. The visitors had to settle for Nick Folk's 28-yard field goal, making him 7-for-8 this season, to cut the hosts' lead to 17-3 with 2:06 left in second quarter. It was to be their only points of the game.
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5. Another Rookie Heard FromBesides Lee and Anderson, another rookie flashed. CB Juston Burris came on when Darrelle Revis left in the second quarter and not surprisingly, the Chiefs targeted him late in the first half on a long ball from Smith to Jeremy Maclin. He stayed close and got the breakup to prevent a late-first-half score. Revis returned in the third period.
6. Air Out of the Offensive BalloonThe passing game was so in-sync at Buffalo as the Jets' top three wideouts all had six receptions and 90-plus yards. On Sunday it was out of sync one time zone over. Brandon Marshall wound up with three receptions for 27 yards, Eric Decker had one for 31, and Quincy Enunwa finished with four catches for 37 yards.
7. Big BreakSpencer Ware appeared to have a 6-yard TD run to open the Chiefs' lead to 24-0 midway through the third quarter. But the booth review of all scoring plays led to ref Bill Vinovich making a stunning reversal — from TD to Ware losing control of the ball as it hit the pylon and thus fumbling it out the side of the end zone. That's a touchback and the Jets dodged a very big bullet. They then moved the ball from their 25 to first-and-goal at the KC 5, where ...
- Another Giving Act**Fitzpatrick tried to fire a touchdown pass to J.Marshall in the back of the end zone. Unfortunately, LB Derrick Johnson got his shoulder pad on the throw en route and S Eric Berry came down with the end zone interception. Touchback is fair play, perhaps, but it was the Jets' fourth giveaway of the game. And that was followed by ...
9. Red Zone ... Black HoleTurnover No. 5. Similar to TO No. 4, it came at the end of a drive inside the KC-10, on a pass deflected by a Chief — this time CB Steven Nelson — into the end zone and into the hands of another Chief — this time that Marcus Peters guy again for another touchback. With 8:16 to play, the Jets' last best chance to get back into this game and make some more franchise history was gone.
10. Final InsultFitzpatrick threw his fifth INT trying to get the ball to B.Marshall. Instead, he found LB Johnson's hands, not his pad, and DJ took it all the way for a 55-yard TD with 3:28 to play. Then a final Fitz heave for Marshall in the end zone was snapped up by rookie CB D.J. White for his first pro pick and Fitzpatrick's career-high sixth INT. The eight giveaways were the most by a Jets team since committing eight turnovers vs. Miami in 1975 and the most ever in a road game.
"This one stings. It's tough," said Fitzpatrick. "There were a couple of red zone interceptions there that shouldn't happen. The end of the game was the end of the game, but the red zone interceptions are what hurt us."
"We'd better sleep it off and get back to work Monday," Bowles said. "You've got to have a short-term memory in this business. We'll sulk about it getting off the plane tonight. Tomorrow we've got to be ready to go forward."