It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the New York Jets 17-3 in their Week 3 tilt. Here are some quick thoughts.
1. After slow starts in their first two games, the Chiefs’ offense looks better today. There is run-pass balance, and the Chiefs have broken out six different personnel groupings, including an ultra-rare “14” personnel group featuring four tight ends. The Chiefs threw out of it, too.
2. Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s playcalling has generally been pretty solid in this half, but the three plays they ran on the Jets’ 3-yard line was sure to cause some consternation among fans, as they continued to throw horizontally instead of simply pounding the ball up the middle and ended up losing 6 yards before settling for a field goal. Fans’ angst over that is justified, especially with a sledgehammer like Spencer Ware at their disposal.
3. The Chiefs did get some good fortune when fullback Anthony Sherman and outside linebacker Dezman Moses poked the ball out of kick returner Jalin Marshall’s grasp and the ball bounced directly into the hands of tight end Demetrius Harris, who was basically running full speed when he caught it. Twenty-seven yards later, he scored to give the Chiefs a 17-0 lead.
4. Marcus Peters’ 11th career regular-season interception — he jumped a route in front of Marshall — showed what makes him special. Few have a knack for the big play like Peters, and he plays with a flair and confidence that is unique. As I’ve consistently said, you can throw at Marcus Peters, and he’ll give up some catches and yards. But if you keep throwing at him, he will eventually make you pay.
5. The Chiefs have done a nice job harassing Fitzpatrick (6 of 13) and containing Matt Forte (10 carries, 35 yards). If they keep it up, they’ll be set today. But New York can score quickly, so they better lot let up.