Chiefs take down Jets thanks to 8 New York turnovers

The Chiefs (2-1) took a lead and sat on it, thanks to a litany of turnovers on the part of the Jets (1-2) as Kansas City defeated New York, 24-3. Here's what we learned:

  1. The Chiefs moved to 2-1 by letting the Jets destroy themselves. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw six interceptions and Kansas City recovered two fumbles, including one that was run back for a score on a kickoff. Add it all up and the Jets had eight turnovers. Alex Smith did his Alex Smith thing -- leading a dink-and-dunk assault against a New York defense which had been torched with deep strikes heading into Sunday. The defense was especially impressive in the red zone, forcing Ryan Fitzpatrick to attempt several low-percentage throws that led to game-changing results.
  1. Fitzpatrick followed one of the best games of his career (his Joe Namath impression in Week 2 at Buffalo) with his absolute worst. The Jets quarterback threw six interceptions -- including two crushing end-zone picks in the second half -- and seemed completely lost all afternoon. By the fourth quarter, every Fitzpatrick throw seemed to be a free-for-all -- it will be the most reckless performance you'll see from a quarterback all season. It's this version of Fitzpatrick -- erratic and mistake-prone -- that led the Jets to dig in hard during the offseason contract stalemate. The veteran's confidence will be tested after what was an all-time stinker.
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  1. Travis Kelce lived up to the Baby Gronk moniker, taking advantage of soft underneath coverage by the Jets to put up his best numbers of the season. On his biggest play of the day -- a 42-yard catch-and-run gainer -- he ran away from Jets safety Calvin Pryor then ran over safety Marcus Gilchrist. Impressive stuff.
  1. Brandon Marshall suited up despite a knee injury, but he lacked explosion when he got the ball in his hands. On one reception in the fourth quarter, a potential big gainer was short-circuited when Marshall was unable to accelerate away from a Chiefs defender. Eric Decker (one catch) was also silent. New York's 1-2 punch wrecked defenses last season but have been neutralized in two of three games so far.
  1. There were a lot of opportunistic stars on defense for the Chiefs on Sunday, but Marcus Peters stood above them all. The cornerback had two interceptions and was a menace all day.
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