Kansas City Chiefs Week 8 Preview: New York Jets

Ah, yes. The New York Jets. A worthy adversary.

Chris Jones described this football team best when he said, “That’s a very good football team. People forget that because they haven’t won a game”.

The Chiefs will play host to the Jets and Adam Gase, leader of men, on Sunday. Coming off of a snowy win against the Denver Broncos, Kansas City will look to keep their momentum as they roll over the Jets. Former New York Jet Le’Veon Bell will also get a chance to face his former team after trading him to the Chiefs just a few weeks earlier.

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All-in-all, this game looks like it will be a bloodbath. The Chiefs outclass the Jets at nearly every position on the field, and it isn’t particularly close.

Still, there are some key matchups the Chiefs coaching staff need to be aware of. Despite the opponent, Kansas City cannot get into a habit of playing down to opponents.

With that, let’s hop in!

Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) signals a first down during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 in Denver, CO.
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Patrick Mahomes vs. the Jets Secondary

Let me be clear: I do not expect this to be a challenge.

Rather, I expect this to be the most exploited matchup of the entire game.

There is no larger mismatch than the explosiveness of the Chiefs passing attack and the garbage fire that is the Jets secondary. Pierre Desir is the equivalent of burnt toast, Bradley McDougald is more of a run defender than a coverage guy, and Marcus Maye is average at best.

Enter Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Travis Kelce.

Patrick Mahomes should have one of his best games of the season on Sunday. Unless the Jets suddenly flip the script and start playing like a competent football team, this shouldn’t be a contest. 400-yard passing game incoming.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020
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Frank Clark vs. Mekhi Becton

This could actually be a relatively good matchup. Mekhi Becton, standing at 6’7″ and 364lbs, has lived up to his billing as a top-ten draft pick. Becton has proven to be one of the best rookie tackles in pass protection, allowing only a 4.8% pressure rate.

Clark, on the other hand, comes into this game with only 3.5 sacks, but has shown to be a productive pass rusher yet again, racking up 15 pressures. Clark will most likely find himself in one-on-one matchups with Becton, as the Jets will be preoccupied with double-teaming Chris Jones. Keeping Sam Darnold rattled in the pocket would help ice the game for Kansas City, and Clark will have his hands full.

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020
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Tyrann Mathieu vs. Chris Herndon

Chris Herndon has all the potential to be a top tight end, but hasn’t been able to get the opportunities to do so.

Herndon missed all but one game in 2019, and has only seen limited opportunities in 2020. Catching only 13 passes for 98 yards, he has, by far, missed the expectations others had for him this season.

However, that may very well be the curse of Adam Gase, and thus, Herndon is still a threat to be addressed.

Tyrann Mathieu has been having a good start to his year, notching two picks and three pass breakups. Mathieu is also allowing only a 58.0 rating in coverage and a 51.7% completion rate, some of the best marks of his career. Sticking Mathieu on Herndon and allowing Juan Thornhill to prowl the backend will provide greater flexibility to the Chiefs defense and shut down one of the Jets’ top weapons.

Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020
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Frank Gore vs. Chiefs Front-Seven

Frank Gore, the eternal. Will this guy ever retire?

Probably — but hopefully, he waits long enough to become part of the first father-son duo to play together in the NFL.

Despite his age, Gore sits atop the Jets depth chart after trading disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell to their lovely Week 8 opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since Bell’s departure, Gore has averaged 4.8 YPC. His running style also creates a mismatch with a Chiefs front-seven that has been notoriously bad at tackling this season. If the Jets are going to have any chance in this game, it’s to pound the rock and not let the Chiefs touch the football.

Final Thoughts

Again, I don’t think this will be a close game. The Jets will be forced to pass more as they try to catch up to the Chiefs, and it will ultimately be their downfall.

Final Score: 42-17, Chiefs

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