Eight turnovers will get you the win. The Kansas City Chiefs defense shined in a 24-3 win over the New York Jets. The Chiefs turnovers are the story as they turned those into points in the first half and then hung on for the rest of the game. This makes the Chiefs 2-1 on the season.
Eight turnovers win the game
Six interceptions, two fumble recoveries. Two touchdowns. HELL OF A GAME from the Chiefs defense (and special teams).
It felt like those fluky turnovers last week were being given back to the Chiefs. The Chiefs got an interception from Marcus Peters on the first drive, a fumble recovery touchdown for Demetrius Harris, a Phillip Gaines forced fumble — all of which turned into points. The Chiefs also had an Eric Berry interception and another Marcus Peters interception. (Update: I started writing this and then Daniel Sorensen got a pick. Update again: Derrick Johnson did too. Update yet again: DJ White just got one.). This is the Chiefs defense I know. The opportunistic one that not only creates turnovers but scores points off of it.
The offense is alive ... well, maybe
The Chiefs did a nice job scoring off of all the first half turnovers. Then they sort of settled in and didn’t do much the rest of the game.
The headliner is that the Chiefs forced eight turnovers and only scored 24 points. You’d like to see more points on the board with that many turnovers. 14 of those points came directly off of a fumble return. Looks a little different when you put it like that, right?
That said, there were some good performances. Alex Smith had a number of passes 10-plus yards down the field. Travis Kelce had a touchdown and nearly 100 yards. Spencer Ware was solid against a good defensive line.
Marcus Peters, you’re ridiculous
His second straight game with TWO interceptions. This is greatness and I’m watching it. That’s 13 interceptions in 21 career games which is ridiculous. He picked one off on the Jets first drive and then picked one off in the end zone late in the game. Both huge plays.
Good game from the Chiefs safeties
The Chiefs safeties had a few pass breakups, a few big hits and a key interception. Big game overall for both Ron Parker and Eric Berry (and Daniel Sorensen).
Berry’s interception was huge (he dropped another one). It came after Spencer Ware’s “touchdown” was ruled a fumble and a touchback. The Jets were driving down the field with the momentum and neared the goal line. A touchdown would’ve made it a one-score game (17-3 at the time). Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass was tipped by Derrick Johnson and Berry picked it off to help seal the game. Berry also broke up an end zone pass two plays prior.
Meanwhile, Parker had a couple of key tackles including one on Brandon Marshall in space in the fourth quarter.
You can add Daniel Sorensen in there who dropped one interception and actually picked one off a few plays later.
Worst rule in sports rears its head
This is not a touchdown from Spencer Ware. This is actually a fumble, touchback and Jets ball!
Somehow not a touchdown!! pic.twitter.com/vJIXouDMsc— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 25, 2016
The refs ruled it a touchdown because Ware took the handoff and dove into pylon. We thought they were reviewing the play to see if it was a touchdown or if he was out at the one yard line. The refs came out and stunned everyone by calling it a fumble into the end zone which is a touchback - Jets ball. So weird. The worst rule in football.
Tony Richardson lands in the Chiefs Hall of Fame
Congrats to T-Rich. I recorded some of the halftime ceremony here.