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Jets Not Very Attached to Ball in Kansas City Debacle



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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives in to the end zone to score the games first touchdown in front of cornerback Marcus Williams #20 of the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium during the first quarter of the game on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    The Jets needed to play mistake-free football to beat the Chiefs at home Sunday. 

    How'd that turn out? 

    Let's face it, when you turn the ball over on eight of your 11 possessions, you're sort of making things difficult for yourself. Oh yeah, they did get a field goal and two punts out of those other three possessions. Maybe they were better off just turning it over. 

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick turned the pick-6 on its head at Arrowhead Stadium, tossing a half-dozen INTs. Two went to KC's second-year corner Marcus Peters, who catches more passes (12 picks in 19 career games) than any Jets tight end in recent memory. 

    Meanwhile, we learned something new about emerging wideout Quincy Enunwa: he’s not much of a tackler. Then again, I wouldn’t fault the Jets’ offense if they felt like they were playing both ways like it was the days of leather helmets, given how many times they had to chase the home team after interceptions. 

    You'd think Todd Bowles might've thought about pulling Fitz after three or four of those errant passes, but as this game was no contest from about 12 seconds in, maybe the coach didn't think there was any point. 

    Can you really blame him? What would KC's D have done to Geno Smith? Or Bryce Petty? Or Christian Hackenberg? Or Browning Nagle (just wanted to make sure you're still with me). 

    Hey, Joe Namath is only 73. Yeah, his knees aren't what they were, but at least he knows to throw it to the guys in green. 

    On the plus side, the visitors ran the ball OK on Sunday. Then again, when the opponent knows you need to score points in a hurry to have a shot, they're not exactly loading the box to thwart 4-yard gains. 

    And by the way, how do you score only 24 points when the other team gives up the ball like it’s on fire? If Dean Smith held Michael Jordan under 20 points, I get the feeling Andy Reid would've had MJ averaging about 5 a game if he'd been coaching. 

    Obviously, Gang Green has to put this disaster behind them with a very tough stretch still ahead, kicking off with Seattle coming to town this weekend. 

    But the stink of this one will be hard to shake.

    Pete Zwiebach writes about the Jets for Zwiebach lives in New York City with his wife and two kids, who without fail manage to block his view of the TV whenever a game-changing play occurs.