Jets at Chiefs preview

The New York Jets open the season on the road in unfriendly Arrowhead Stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs make their home.

LEADER  15-14-1
STREAKS 2 of past 3 
COACHES VS. OPP. Edwards: 1-1 Vermeil: 4-1
LAST GAME 10/6/02: Chiefs 29 at Jets 25. Kansas City RB Priest Holmes scores game-winning TD with 19-yard reception in final minute.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/1/98: Jets 20, Chiefs 17. New York's John Hall kicks game-winning 32-yard FG in rain as time expires.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bonnie Bernstein (Field reporter)
PASSING Pennington: 242-370-2,673-16-9-91.0 Green: 369-556-4,591 (1C)-27 (T3C)-17-95.2
RUSHING Martin: 371-1,697 (1L)-4.6-12 Holmes: 196-892-4.6-14 (2C)
RECEIVING Coles (Wash.): 90-950-10.60-1 Gonzalez (TE): 102 (1L)-1,258 (2C)-12.3-7
OFFENSE 339.9 418.4 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +17 (2L) -6
DEFENSE 304.9 377.3
SACKS Ellis: 11.0 (2C) Allen: 9.0
INTs Coleman: 4 Warfield, Wesley: 4
PUNTING Graham (R) (Pre): 43.7 Colquitt (R) (Pre): 40.5
KICKING Nugent (R) (Pre): 23 (11/11 PAT; 4/4 FG) Tynes: 109 (58/60 PAT; 17/23 FG)


New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards played for Kansas City head coach Dick Vermeil at Philadelphia (1977-82)

Head coach Edwards was a Kansas City scout (1990-91, 1995) and defensive back coach (1992-94). Edwards served with Kansas City through NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program in '89.

In seven career games vs. AFC West, quarterback Chad Pennington has 11 Touchdowns vs. two interceptions on 133 of 191 passing (69.6 pct.) for 1,593 yards and 109.7 passer rating. Pennington's career numbers inside the red zone: 85 of 131 (65.6 pct.) for 519 yards with 39 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.2 passer rating. He made his first career start vs. KC (10/6/02), completing 22-of-29 (75.9 pct.) for 237 yards & two TDs vs. one INT for 108.0 rating.

In past two games vs. KC, running back Curtis Martin has 232 rush yards & four TDs. Martin needs 1,000 rush yds in '05 to join Emmitt Smith as only two RBs with 11 1,000-yd seasons and he will be the first to do it in 11 straight seasons to open his career.

Wide receiver Laveranues Coles returns to the Jets. He caught a career-high 90 passes in '04 with Washington but rejoins Pennington where the two developed chemisty prior to his exit. TE Doug Jolley has scored two of five career TDs vs. KC.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma earned AP Defensive Rookie of Year in '04. Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson has started the 32 games to begin his career. The Jets defense only yielded two 100-yd rushers last season.

The offense has ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in NFL scoring for each of past three seasons.

Since '02, quarterback Trent Green (12,320) has passed for the 2nd-most yards in the NFL (Peyton Manning, Ind., 13,024). Green has passed for 300+ yards in eight of his past 12 starts and has the most career 300-yard games (20) in team history and is the 6th-highest rated passer in NFL history (87.9).

Running back Priest Holmes has nine rushing TDs in past three Kickoff Weekend games. In last game vs. NYJ (10/6/02), Holmes had 233 scrimmage yards (152 rushing) & 2 TDs (1 rushing). He has a TD in 12 of past 13 games.

Wide receiver Eddie Kennison posted career-high five 100-yd rec. games in '04. Tight end Tony Gonzalez caught an NFL-high 102 passes in '04, most by a TE in NFL history.

Rookie linebacker Derrick Johnson makes his NFL debut. Cornerback Patrick Surtain plays his first game as Chief. He has the third most INTs (25) in NFL since '00. Safety Sammy Knight has 23 INTs since '00, tied for 4th-most in league in that span.

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