Chiefs beat Jets 24-10 from The Associated Press via The Mothership
Every bounce has been going the Kansas City Chiefs' way during their three-game win streak, and nothing has been going right for the New York Jets during their eight-game skid.
That was evident on one bizarre play in the first half of the Chiefs' 24-10 win Sunday.
Alex Smithhad a pass near the goal line batted down by Jets linebacker Calvin Pace - but it wound up right in the hands of Anthony Fasano. The tight end, who had been blocked to the ground, simply rolled over into the end zone for a Kansas City touchdown.
It helped spur the Chiefs past Michael Vick and the Jets at wind-whipped Arrowhead Stadium.
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Alex Smithefficient once again
Since Week 2, Alex Smith has been on-fire for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In his last seven games, Smith has 146 completions on 211 attempts (69.2 percent) for 1,490 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception, good for a 103.0 passer rating.
On Sunday against the Jets, Smith completed 21 of 31 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Arrowhead Recap: Chiefs vs. Jets from The Mothership
Throughout the week, the Chiefs hosted a number of events in honor of American Indian Heritage Month. On Sunday, it continued as the Chiefs, the American Indian Community Working Group, in association with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains, worked together to honor tradition, create awareness and educate fans on the importance of this commemorative month.
"The Chiefs have taken a very thoughtful and respective approach to really understand how collectively, with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains and American Indian Community Working Group, we can connect with the community and honor tradition," Gena Timberman, Liaison for the American Indian Community Working Group. "We believe that through working with the Chiefs and the time on Sunday, there are teachable moments where we can engage in the dialogue of education. I feel honored to be a part of this process."
Andy Reid Post Game Press Conference from The Mothership
How did you keep
Alex Smithso clean today? "Well their defensive line I think, if not the best, is one of the best in the National Football League. They've got explosive players. Our offensive line and the pass game did a pretty good job. I think with the two gap stuff they were doing up front, worried about the run game, it took just a bit off of the play action pass rush. So that was a good thing."
Cairo Santoskicked the ball well, the tripping penalty, is that something he will catch flack for in the meeting room? "I'm sure he will. Those were squib kicks too, those were called kicks. Those weren't ones that he just did on his own."
Alex Smith Post Game Press Conference from The Mothership
Anthony Fasanotouchdown just like you drew up? "Yeah, exactly. It took a lot of practice, a lot of reps all week."
Have you ever had anything like that? "Never had anything like that. I don't know if I've ever seen anything like that. We got the bounce there."
What was your view on if he was down or not? Could you tell? "I couldn't tell, no. I mean, I saw the ball was up and first thing, as a quarterback seeing the ball was up, and freaked. And then saw him make the catch. I didn't know what happened. It was a bang, bang play. Once they put it up on the scoreboard though it looked pretty clean."
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BOWE CROSSES 500 RECEPTION PLATEAU: WR
Dwayne Bowetied a season-high with six receptions for 55 yards (9.2 avg.) in today's game. He now owns 503 career receptions, the second-most catches by a single player in franchise history. He joins TE Tony Gonzalez as the only other player in franchise history with 500 or more receptions. He already holds the record for most career receptions by a wide receiver and is the only wide receiver to have more than 500 receptions in team history. Bowe has 31 receptions for 398 yards (12.8 avg.) in 2014 and has 503 receptions for 6,799 yards (13.5 avg.) with 44 touchdowns. His 6,799 yards rank third in team history for most receiving yards.
Former Chiefs RB Priest Holmes' Journey from The Mothership
"He was like a meteorite."
That was maybe the best way to describe the sudden impact running back Priest Holmes made on the Kansas City Chiefs when he signed as a free agent back in 2001.
That statement by Peter King of Sports Illustrated echoed what many Chiefs fans would say about that time in Chiefs history, when an offensive juggernaut was born.
"I think one of the great things about Priest Holmes is that it was so unexpected," King explained.
This unexpected journey of Holmes' football career began back at Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas, which sits in East Texas about 30 miles from the Louisiana border.
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Chiefs beat Jets 24-10 for third straight win from Chiefs Digest
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and company set the tone early against the New York Jets - ranked fifth in the NFL against the run - with an 81-yard touchdown opening drive.
Short passing routes and running back Jamaal Charles kept the Jets (1-8) defense off balance all afternoon en route to a 24-10 Chiefs (5-3) win at Arrowhead Stadium.
It's better to be lucky than good -- and right now, the Chiefs are both from FS Kansas City
You've probably seen the tape, but we'll try to do it justice. With 3:30 left in the first quarter, with the Chiefs up 7-0 and at the Jets' 2, quarterback Alex Smith turned to his right and fired what was supposed to be a slant to wideout Dwayne Bowe. Only Jets lineman Calvin Pace -- who, along with teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, wound up pretty much unblocked on the play, in part because of Fasano's whiff -- shot high into the air to deflect the line-drive strike, pretty much the perfect defensive reaction at the perfect time.
But because these are the Jets, even perfection finds a way to go dreadfully, horribly wrong. Instead of the wounded duck landing in the arms of a New York defender, it took a funny carom, the way a hockey puck does off a pipe, knuckleballing back in front of Smith and into the waiting arms of Fasano, who was, at the time, sitting on his backside at the 2. As a Jets defender tumbled in front of him, No. 80 performed a one-handed pushup into the end zone, his bizarre stretch putting the hosts up, 13-0.
Anthony Fasano scores wacky TD from ESPN
"I thought it was typical of how this season's gone for us,'' Jets coach Rex Ryan said of the play. "That's what I thought.''
For the Jets, it was another embarrassing "butt" play. In 2012, they introduced "Butt Fumble" into the sporting vernacular, when quarterback Mark Sanchez ran with the ball and crashed into the rear end of guard Brandon Moore. The ball was jarred loose, and it was returned for a touchdown by theNew England Patriots.
WATCH: Kansas City Chiefs' Anthony Fasano catches crazy deflection while on his butt for touchdown vs. Jets from NJ.com
Luck continues not to be on the Jets' side these days.
Check out the touchdown pass completed by Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the first quarter of his Week 9 matchup against the Jets:
Chiefs defense headlines Week 9 highs from Chiefs Digest
Linebacker Justin Houston racked up two more sacks on Sunday, giving him four multi-sack games on the season. The former Georgia Bulldog currently has 12 sacks on the season, putting him on pace for 24 sacks at the end of the year. Former Giants defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan hold the single-season NFL record of 22 1/2 sacks.
Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
Game ball: Quarterback Alex Smith completed 21 of 31 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The only interception he has thrown since the season-opening loss to Tennessee came with the Chiefs in desperate catch-up mode in last month's game against San Francisco.
Jets lose to Kansas City Chiefs, 24-10, but Percy Harvin makes an impact | Rapid reaction from NJ.com
Coach Rex Ryan's club became the the third in franchise history to lose eight straight games with a rough 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
The last time the Jets lost that many in a row? In 1996, the Jets went 0-8 under Rich Kotite, whose club finished 1-15 and has since been considered the standard-bearer of Jets futility. The Jets also lost eight consecutive games in 1975, a streak started under Ken Shipp, who was replaced by Charley Winner nine games into the year.
Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry back in action from Chiefs Digest
Berry, who missed five straight games with a high ankle sprain, didn't take the field with the starters.
But the All-Pro strong safety appeared fine with the backup role.
"It was just what they (coaching staff) came and told me to do," Berry said. "I just went ahead and went on with it."
It seemed the Chiefs eased Berry back into action, a move that makes sense when considering the lost time.
Eric Berry returns for Chiefs in nickel role from ESPN
Berry missed five games. With Ron Parker replacing him as the starting strong safety, the Chiefs went 4-1. So they felt [no] urgency to get Berry back into an every-down role.
He still was among their leading tacklers with six.
"For the role he played, he ended up playing quite a bit because they went into their subgroups and we had to play a lot of nickel," coach Andy Reid said. "I thought it was just important that he get back in and kind of get back into the swing of things, particularly the speed of the game, just getting him used to that again. I thought he played well."
Antonio Allen benched as Jets secondary is burned by Kansas City Chiefs from NJ.com
Smith kept the Jets off balance, cornerback Josh Thomas said.
"I thought they were going to take some shots deep," he said, "kind of get their quarterback confidence as far as taking shots vertical. But ... they stayed true to who they are."
He was right. Smith didn't take many - if any - shots downfield, but he connected for a 34-yard pass in his second drive in the first quarter, a few plays before tight end Anthony Fasano hauled in the Chiefs' second passing touchdown from his butt while on the Jets' 2-yard line.
Antonio Allen was the Jets' main culprit, once again. His struggles typified a brutal season for the Jets' secondary.
Uninspired Chiefs good enough to beat Jets, but that's all from ESPN
"I don't know if there are any of those wins in the National Football League,'' said quarterback Alex Smith, disagreeing with the notion the Chiefs should have dispatched the Jets with greater ease. "I haven't known any of those. They're [all] hard, hard wins. I felt [the Jets] were a very talented team coming in here with nothing to lose.''
None of this is to suggest the Chiefs should make apologies for Sunday's victory or give it back because it wasn't pretty enough. The Chiefs rose when they had to, stopping the Jets three times in fourth down in the fourth quarter and holding New York scoreless in the second half.
Chiefs K Cairos Santos ready to catch flak for poor tackling, but knows tripping is wrong from Chiefs Digest
"I wouldn't say it was dirty," Harvin said. "I guess he was doing the best he could. But he clearly stuck his foot out."
Santos' reflex to stick out his foot likely saved a touchdown, as the Chiefs (5-3) went on to defeat the Jets (1-8) 24-10.
But the play could be attributed to another sport Santos grew up playing in his native Brazil when considering the tripping play looked like a soccer tackle.
"Maybe that was my instincts," he said. "I just didn't feel like reaching with my hands and I tried to at least prevent him from scoring a touchdown. I just got to keep working on tackling."
Did you realize that Justin Houston is on pace for a 24-sack season? from Yahoo! Sports
The price for Justin Houston goes up by the game.
With two more sacks Sunday in a victory over the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker has upped his total to 12 in eight games and is on pace to break the league's single-season mark of 22.5 by Michael Strahan in 2001.
Houston, a free agent-to-be in the offseason, didn't get two cheapies Sunday, either. First, he sacked Jets quarterback Michael Vick on the first play of the second quarter to keep the Jets out of field-goal range. Then Houston took down Vick right before the end of the half as the Jets were sniffing the Chiefs' red zone.
Michael Vick and the Jets Beat Chiefs Everywhere but on the Scoreboard from The Wall Street Journal
The Jets outgained the Chiefs on the day, 364 yards to 309, and did not commit a turnover-a big improvement over their six giveaways in last week's loss to Buffalo. They also won the time-of-possession battle, 31:35 to 28:25.
More to the point, Michael Vick performed so well at quarterback, completing 21 of 28 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions, that afterward head coach Rex Ryan was forced to consider whether he should have dethroned Geno Smith as the starter several losses ago...
...In a game that had the makings of a blowout early on, with Kansas City up 14-0 before the Jets had recorded a first down, Vick nearly had the Jets within a single touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Where to Begin? from MMQB
7. Kansas City (5-3). Stealth Chiefs. They're 5-1 in the past six games, by a margin of 14 points per game, and Justin Houston is on pace to break the all time single-season sack record.
Michael Vick starts, but same result for NY Jets as Chiefs roll to 24-10 win from NY Daily News
There are no ifs, ands or butts about it ... the Jets are doomed.
As if you needed any more proof the fates are aligned against the Jets this season, consider what happened Sunday: Rex Ryan's team lost to Kansas City, 24-10, thanks in part to a "butt touchdown," while Mark Sanchez, the author of the butt fumble, was leading his new team to victory.
You cannot make this stuff up - unless, of course, you are a fan of the Jets, who are reliving the days of Rich Kotite.
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Maybe in Brazil this is legal. But not in the NFL, Cairo Santos. The Kansas City Chiefs kicker is new to the league - and the country - and clearly wanted no part of tackling Percy Harvin as he returned a kickoff near the end of the first half Sunday. Santos saves a touchdown by executing a kick-tackle, which of course is illegal and earned him a penalty. Wait for the replay, which makes Santos' move all the more clear and ridiculous.
Reid responsible for many outcomes on Sunday from The St. Joseph News-Press
On one sideline stood a coach in need of answers. On the other stood Andy Reid.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated Rex Ryan's New York Jets 24-10 Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. Ryan has been ridiculed by the mainstream media in New York for his role in a 1-8 team. The opposite goes for Reid, who is at the helm of a current three-game winning streak.
"(Reid) has confidence in all of the people in here, and that's the thing I like about him the most," rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines said. "No matter who you are, no matter if you're at the top or the bottom of the totem pole, he has confidence in you if you're out there and expects you to make plays."
What a trip: Percy Harvin enjoys breakout peformance from ESPN
John Idzik's "potential coup" looked the part Sunday.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin delivered perhaps the best offensive day of the New York Jets' sorry season, catching 11 passes for 129 yards -- the Jets' first 100-yard receiving day in 22 games. He also came within a foot of a 108-yard kickoff return -- and the foot belonged to Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos.
In the second quarter of the Chiefs' 24-10 win, Santos saved a touchdown by tripping Harvin, who went down at the Chiefs' 43-yard line. Santos was penalized, but he didn't care. He saved his team four points; the Jets ended up with a field goal.
Chiefs cruise past Jets for third straight win from ProFootballTalk
Question the quality of Sunday's competition all you'd like, but the Chiefs are winning with the same formula they rode to the postseason last year. Alex Smith played error-free at quarterback, Jamaal Charles ran well when the game was still in doubt and the defense got two sacks from Justin Houston while giving a bad offense nowhere to go. Throw in tight end Travis Kelce's growing contributions and a playoff spot is a more than reasonable goal in Kansas City.
They'll be in Buffalo to face the 5-3 Bills next weekend in a game that will help determine how much more than reasonable.
NY Jets lose to Chiefs, 24-10: Instant analysis from NY Daily News
Chiefs QB Alex Smith wasn't flashy, but he made smart decisions (2 TDs, no turnovers) on time-consuming scoring drives all afternoon to bury the Jets.
It's downright scary how bad the Jets are from NY Post
This one had a little something for everyone.
For those who dream of escorting general manager John Idzik to the gangplank, there was yet another display of just how little talent the Jets have among their 53-man squad - this time against the Chiefs, a team that exists, at best, on the fringe of the AFC's playoff picture and spends most every other weekend bemoaning their own thin roster.