"I'll put it on me. I didn't play well," Fitzpatrick said. "When I don't play well, like I did today, then we're going to have a hard time winning football games."
Just a week ago, Fitzpatrick played about as well as he ever had in a Jets uniform. On Sunday, he played his worst game in his two seasons as a Jet. Three of his interceptions came in the red zone in the second half. The Jets' final five possessions ended with a Fitzpatrick interception.
"It was more familiar territory for us,'' quarterback Alex Smith said. "I thought we were way more efficient. I thought we spread the field really well. I thought it was better [offensively]. It was better than last week. I thought we got in a rhythm. I thought we stretched the field vertically. I thought we stretched it horizontally. I thought we spread the ball around to a lot of different people. We didn't let them box us in to one or two guys or anything like that. We were better on first down, especially in the first half.''
So it was that Sherman's collaborator on creating the fumble to Harris couldn't be clearly discerned on replays.
In fact, he wasn't credited with helping make the tackle even in the official postgame statistics.
For the record, the unnamed source was linebacker Dezman Moses, who just grinned at the idea few knew what he'd done.
"It's not about the accolades or who gets the credit," he said, his smile broadening. "But when we go and look at the film on Monday or Tuesday, we'll get a good look at it.
"I thought our offensive line – we’ve had a couple of injuries there – and I thought those guys stepped up there and did a nice job for us," Reid said. "It starts there." But in spite of the positives, there’s still concern for an offense that generates only 24 points against an opposition that commits eight turnovers. Several key plays turned a potential lopsided rout into a workmanlike victory, Smith said. "I definitely had some opportunities out there that we could have taken advantage of," Smith said.
"Marcus is not a second-year player to me," Johnson said. "Eventually they are going to have to stop throwing to his side or he is going to have 100 interceptions."
With the Chiefs on the road next week for Sunday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers (October 2), plus the bye week (October 9) and then another road game against the Oakland Raiders (October 16) after that, the Chiefs won’t return home until Sunday, October 23, when they host the New Orleans Saints. Therefore, the Chiefs will have gone more than an entire year without losing a regular-season game at Arrowhead, and thus the streak continues…
Peters’ second interception would begin a string of four consecutive Jets drives ending in interceptions. Daniel Sorensen, Derrick Johnson and rookie D.J. White all picked off Fitzpatrick, and Johnson took his back for a 55-yard touchdown return.
But there's no question Peters is the catalyst. It's been that way since Peters joined the Chiefs as a rookie last year and helped convert their defense from one that struggled to force turnovers to one that was among the NFL leaders in interceptions. "Eventually they'll have to stop throwing to his side or he'll have a hundred interceptions," Johnson said. "He's harder on himself than anybody. That's the best thing you like about a young player. He doesn't let anything slide. "I'm glad he's on my team."
With 4:40 remaining in the game, Fitzpatrick had already thrown three picks. On a fourth-and-10, he attempted to hit Brandon Marshall on a deep out. The ball sailed and Sorensen was there for the grab. "Marcus had great coverage, I saw the ball in the air and made a break on it and went and got it," Sorensen said. "You should have caught the first one," said Peters, whose locker is next to Sorensen’s.
With former members of the Chiefs lined across the field on alumni day, Richardson was inducted into the Chiefs Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. He was presented a framed No. 49 jersey and stood with Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt as he watched his name take its place among the 45 others surrounding Arrowhead Stadium. "For me, it’s pretty humbling," Richardson said. "When I first saw it, my knees buckled a little bit. The number of times I ran out of that tunnel and saw Len Dawson, Jan Stenerud, Derrick Thomas, Christian Okoye, to have my name up there, it just doesn’t seem real."
Touchdown was signaled. But a replay review showed Ware didn’t control the ball before it hit the pylon. The ball came out, out of bounds and the ruling was a touchback for the Jets, who took over on the 20. "If my whole body was in the end zone we wouldn’t have had this problem," Ware said. "It was a great job by my teammates on defense having my back and making plays."
Season ticket-holder Marty Gomez of Raytown said traffic was a lot lighter than the season opener. It only took him about 20 minutes to get parked. "I’m not happy with changes," he said. "Before, as a season ticket-holder, you had red reserve parking . . . now it’s more of a free-for-all — first-come-first served." Michelle and Joseph G. Patterson of Kansas City believe the Chiefs should return to the red reserve parking to reward season ticket-holders and give them some prestige.