Chiefs vs. Jets: Top 3 Defensive Plays from The Mothership
One of the turning points in Sunday's game was the fourth-down stand from the Chiefs defense on the goal line early in the fourth quarter.
With the Chiefs leading 24-10, the Jets had first-and-goal from the 3-yard line and came away without any points...
...On second-and-2 from the 15-yard line, Jets running back Chris Johnson took the handoff around the left edge towards the end zone.
After a move he puts on in the open field, Johnson has a clear path to the end zone, a score that would have made it a one-possession game with just over 15 minutes remaining.
But safety Eric Berry, who was making his first appearance since Week 2, when he left with an ankle injury against the Denver Broncos, met Johnson at the goal line and forced him to step out of bounds at the 3-yard line.
Chiefs vs. Jets: Top 3 Offensive Plays from The Mothership
On the Chiefs' first offensive drive, rookie playmaker De'Anthony Thomas once again showed everyone what makes him such a special player with the ball in his hands.
Thomas takes the handoff on the end-around and goes 26 yards down the field.
As you can see in the video above, the Jets defender looks to have a beat on Thomas, who makes a cut to his left near the 25-yard line and picks up additional yardage.
Coach Reid says they look for ways to get Thomas out in space with the ball, and this big play is a great example of how they did that against the Jets. It was also the biggest play on the first Chiefs drive, which ended with a
Jamaal Charlestouchdown run from the 1-yard line.
CWO Prepared Meals for Ronald McDonald House from The Mothership
The Chiefs Women's Organization visited The Culinary Center of Kansas City on Tuesday to prepare meals, which will be donated to families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHCKC).
The RMHCKC strives to reduce the burden for children and their families, serving as a "home away from home" for children receiving medical care in Kansas City-area hospitals. Many evenings the house serves about 70 families.
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Chiefs mailbag: WR Donnie Avery's value down the stretch from Chiefs Digest
Avery's pending return to the lineup certainly won't hurt the passing game considering the seventh-year pro currently ranks fifth in receptions (14) and fourth in yards receiving (156) despite the missed time.
The Chiefs turned to third-year pro A.J. Jenkins to fill in for Avery, but Jenkins hasn't set the world on fire.
Jenkins has four catches for 50 yards on seven targets since taking over for Avery, and he was held without a catch or target in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams.
Chiefs CB Gaines has gone from getting burned to bringing serious heat from FS Kansas City
No curve, no mercy, no excuses. Phillip Gaines got grilled like a kielbasa at Lambeau Field, burned so badly by Green Bay's clipboard holders that they could smell the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie cornerback all the way in Fond du Lac.
"Oh, F," Gaines said when asked to grade himself on the night of Aug. 28, the Chiefs' preseason swan song. "I mean, yeah."
Went after you, didn't they?
"I would've went after me, too, (given) how I was playing in that game," Gaines said.
"Unfortunately, that's the life of a defensive back: Sometimes, you get burned up. But you can't let it hold you back; (you) just always have to get better. If not, then they're always going to come after you."
Here's the cool thing: Now they're starting to think twice.
Phillip Gaines has come a long way from ESPN
It looked like it would be a developmental season for Gaines. But the Kansas City Chiefs, because of injuries to other defensive backs, had no choice but turn to Gaines to play nickelback during last month's game against the Chargers in San Diego. Gaines responded well, even breaking up a pass in the end zone.
He moved into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Jets and held up well. Now, instead of a developmental player, the Chiefs have in Gaines another cornerback they can count on.
Week Nine power rankings from ProFootballTalk
13. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 16; 5-3): Big Red's machine keeps chugging away. Oh yeah.
Detroit News' NFL Power Rankings: Week 10 from The Detroit News
13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3): That's three straight wins for the Chiefs, beating up on mediocre competition to get back in the AFC West race. Playing at Buffalo this week won't be easy, but they're only a game behind the Broncos now. Last week: 18
11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3): Alex Smith's line in the Chiefs' 24-10 victory over the Jets last Sunday was perfectly Alex Smith. He connected on 21-of-31 of his passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. We'll find out a lot about Kansas City these next two weeks as it will be at Buffalo on Sunday and will host Seattle on Nov. 16.
The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs from ESPN
Here is a simple solution for the Chiefs to energize their passing game vs. the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday: Play the best receivers.
Tight end Travis Kelce is the Chiefs' best receiver. He leads them team in receptions (32), receiving yardage (419) and receiving touchdowns (4). That is remarkable considering he doesn't get as many snaps as some of the other receivers.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills - Chiefs win, 61.4% chance (Chiefs -1.5)
Hacketts: How Buffalo's Offense Loses Games from The Sports Quotient
If you have seen the Bills play at all this season, one of the most apparent tendencies is how much they run the ball. Considering Spiller and Jackson, when healthy, are two very good rushing options, this isn't exactly a bad thing. What is bad is how predictable the offense has become.
Week 8's contest against the Jets was arguably the most predictable this offense has ever been. Even though the unit scored 5 touchdowns, it should have been way more than that. Wins are wins, but when a team gets 6 takeaways but only manages to turn those opportunities into 20 points, something has to change.
Peterson hadn't been welcomed by the Chiefs after his resignation or ouster, whichever you choose to believe, during Scott Pioli's four seasons as his successor. Then, the Chiefs nonsensically seemed to work overtime to bury their past, including any ties to Peterson.
The attitude toward Peterson and the club's history has changed since John Dorsey replaced Pioli almost two years ago. That being the case, it's time for the Chiefs to put Peterson into their Hall of Fame.
The Film Don't Lie: Jets from ESPN
In fact, the Jets are the only team that has allowed a score (touchdown or field goal) on every red zone possession. In Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they surrendered three touchdowns in four trips inside the 20.
And the Jets didn't even make the Chiefs work for it. Kansas City needed only nine plays to convert those three drives into 21 points.
Justin Houston is having a big season, which is good news for Houston because he's in a contract year, but it's also good news for the people of Kansas City because they're getting free Big Macs out of it.
Kansas City-area McDonald's stores are doing a buy one, get one free deal with Big Macs every time the Chiefs tally a sack in a game this season and Houston is basically activating the deal every week.
Tough wins reveal Super Bowl pairing from ESPN
Authentic Games are those versus a playoff-caliber opponent, but what precisely does that mean? A team might be an authentic opponent early in the season, then drop out of that classification if its performance fades. Or it might start weak and end up authentic. Right now I'm counting New Orleans as an authentic opponent because TMQ takes the Saints seriously, but this may not last. I don't consider Buffalo authentic, though the Bills have a better record than the Saints. I view San Diego as authentic owing to its December potency, even though division rival Kansas City has a better record. The Chiefs aren't authentic so far but could become so soon, with upcoming consecutive games versus winning teams.