That may be true to the best of Nagy’s knowledge, though it may or may not be overall considering such observable phenomena as tight end Travis Kelce’s exaggerated-exasperated body language on the interception that snuffed out hopes of a late rally in the 16-10 loss to Buffalo.
But this isn’t just stubbornness or stay-the-course stuff from Nagy, who isn’t just trying to cover for Smith.
It’s best-chance-to-win-now stuff, because Mahomes just isn’t ready to run this intricate offense in anything other than a desperation sense … and Smith has it well within him to make this crystalize again if the rest of the parts are in good working order.
3. The Jets rush for over 200 yards.
For those watching the game at home, temperatures will be steady around 70, no sun will be visible, and there will be a zero percent chance of precipitation.
14th - Kansas City’s rank in defensive points per game, in spite of some uninspiring numbers across the defense. Defensively, the Chiefs are 20th in passing yards per attempt, 27th in rushing yards per attempt, 26th in sack rate, and 24th in percentage of opponent drives ending in turnovers. So what gives? How is KC a top half scoring defense if they can’t do anything at an average level? Can it be their red zone defense? Well, that unit is just 17th in preventing touchdowns. You might have to give the offense and special teams some credit. KC opponent drives have the 4th worst average starting position in the league.
To preview this Sunday’s contest, I asked Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride five questions on KC.
This week, the Kansas City Chiefs come into town, and though they are struggling, possess a roster full of talented players. Unlike Carolina, This team has more than two viable options. Which one Chief would you most want to come over to the Jets?
“This is a tough league, and everyone’s got a tough loss,” Jones said. “But you have to come together as a team and stand together through the rough times. And this rough patch, we just have to find a way to get over it.”
The Chiefs already knew they would be without three of their players on Sunday: running back Charcandrick West, linebacker Dee Ford and safety Eric Murray. All three of those players have important roles and will be missed, but now word comes that further losses could be felt depending on how each of the aforementioned feel on Sunday heading into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at New York Jets: Man, I just don’t know how I could bet on the Chiefs right now. Big Red is probably due for a classic Andy Reid bounce back game, so I don’t feel great picking against them. But if I DO pick them, I know they’ll crap the bed. Tough call. I want to take the Jets but I’ll show a little faith in the Chiefs. And then hate myself for it. PICK: Chiefs -3.5
The Chiefs have arrived in New York as they prepare to take on the Jets
Jets WR Robby Anderson vs. Chiefs CB Darrelle Revis: It remains to be seen how often Revis will match up against Anderson. Perhaps the Chiefs will have Marcus Peters (first-team All-Pro selection last year) cover Anderson, who has been hot lately. And maybe Revis will take some turns on Jermaine Kearse. This is, of course, Revis' first game back in the NFL since the Jets cut him earlier this year. How much does Revis have left in the tank? He looked awful last year. Anderson has looked fantastic lately -- six touchdown catches in his last five games. He is coming off a career-best 146-yard game against the Panthers.
Prediction: Chiefs 17-13
A leap-of-faith pick. The last time the Chiefs went 1-5 over a six-game stretch — like the one they are currently mired in — Andy Reid and company rattled off 10 wins in a row. It was one of the most impressive in-season turnarounds in years. The expectation should be that Reid can find a way to do it again, no matter how bleak things look right now.