Game Preview: Jets (1-7) @ Chiefs (4-3)

The Jets lost their seventh straight last week to the Buffalo Bills. They didn’t just lose they got embarrassed at MetLife Stadium in front of their home crowd. This week they travel west to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.

The Jets season is in all likelihood over so now the team is playing for two things their jobs and their pride. Rex Ryan looks like he’s on his way out of the door and he looks like a broken man. Ryan is going to fight and scratch to save his job and deciding to start Michael Vick over the incumbent Geno Smith is an indication that Ryan just wants to win.

The Jets are 1-2 against the AFC West this season and this will be their final game against the teams from the west. They will be going into a hostile environment in Kansas City, as it is one of the loudest places to play in the NFL. Along with that the Chiefs are a pretty good team. They have a lot of offensive weapons that the Jets are going to have to shut down if they stand a chance.

The Chiefs are coming off a very convincing win over the Rams where they laid it on 34-7. Jamal Charles ran for two touchdowns and the Chiefs defense held the Rams to just 200 total yards. The Chiefs have a pretty good running game this season. They have two studs in their backfield with Charles and Knile Davis. The Jets will have their hands full again on Sunday as they try and avoid their eighth straight loss.

Lets go in a little deeper.

When: November 2, 2014 @1pm EST. (TV-CBS, Radio-ESPN)

Where: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri

Injury Report:

New York Jets

Pos.

Player

Injury

Wednesday (10/29)

Friday (10/31)

Game Status

OL

Oday Aboushi

Shoulder

Limited

DB

Phillip Adams

Groin

Full

LB

Antwan Barnes

Knee

Full

OL

Willie Colon

Knee

Limited

TE

Jeff Cumberland

Shoulder/Finger

Full

LB

DeMario Davis

Finger

Full

WR

Eric Decker

Hamstring

Full

LB

David Harris

Shoulder

Limited

RB

Chris Johnson

Ankle

Full

WR

Jeremy Kerley

Illness

DNP

OL

Nick Mangold

Shoulder

Full

LB

Trevor Reilly

Knee

Limited

WR

Greg Salas

Wrist/Ankle

Full

QB

Geno Smith

Rt Shoulder

Limited

DB

Darrin Walls

Calf/Knee

DNP

Kansas City Chiefs

Pos.

Player

Injury

Wednesday (10/29)

Friday (10/31)

Game Status

WR

Donnie Avery

Groin

Out

CB

Jamell Fleming

Hamstring

DNP

LB

Josh Martin

Hamstring

DNP

CB

Chris Owens

Knee

LP

S

Eric Berry

Ankle

LP

TE

Travis Kelce

Ribs

LP

RB

Jamaal Charles

Back

FP

TE

Anthony Fasano

Shoulder

FP

CB

Phillip Gaines

Quad

FP

WR

Junior Hemingway

Hamstring

FP

OL

Mike McGlynn

Foot

FP

QB

Alex Smith

Rt Shoulder

FP

CB

Sean Smith

Groin

FP

RB

Cyrus Gray

Hand

FP

Keys To The Game

Keep Vick Upright: Michael Vick has had a reputation of taking big hits over his career. The Jets offensive line has had its ups and downs this season and they need to take the pressure off Vick by keeping him off his back. Vick is a natural scrambler so it is hard for the offensive line to block for a guy like that but, they need to keep the defensive line away from Vick as mush as possible so he has the time to look downfield and make his reads.

Limit the Turnovers: The Jets turned the football over six times last week and have a turnover differential of -15 for worst in the league. Jacksonville is the closest with a -10 differential. That is really a telling stat of why the Jets are 1-7 when you turn the ball over like the Jets do and not force any yourself you lose games. It’s hard to force turnovers in the NFL. So just do the things that you can control and don’t turn it over.

Make Alex Smith Beat You: The Jets have a top five run defense so its safe to say the Chiefs game plan will be to throw the ball as the Jets secondary is pretty bad. However, that might play into the hands of the Jets defense. The Chiefs M.O. is to run the football and when you get away from the things you do best things start to fall apart. So if you’re the Jets you make Alex Smith beat you make the Chiefs do things they are not accustomed to doing.

X-Factors

Michael Vick: Vick will get his first start of the season and will have to have a good game if he wants to keep the job. When Vick came in last week he provided a spark that the Jets desperately needed. This week Vick is going to have to use the tools God gave him to make something out of nothing. With the ability to run like he can it only helps the offense.

Calvin Pryor: Pryor, John Idzik’s crown jewel of the draft hasn’t shown his full potential in Rex Ryan’s defense. He has been the hard hitter and tackler that was advertised coming out of the draft. But, he has not shown the coverage skills necessary to play in this system. Pryor has been in and out of the starting lineup because of his inconsistent play and he must start to put it together before he is just playing special teams.

Percy Harvin: Harvin was essentially a non-factor last week. Maybe that because he was only here for a week or maybe its because they were trying to force him the ball. Whatever the case the Jets traded him for a reason and its time for him to step up and make some plays.

Prediction

The Jets haven’t won a game on the road this season and going into a place like Kansas City is not an ideal place to play. The Jets are a bad team right now and cannot seem to figure it out. I think they lose their eighth straight in a close game with the Chiefs winning 20-17.


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