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Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about Sunday’s 24-3 win over the New York Jets

Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin couldn’t make a one-handed grab in front of Jets cornerback Marcus Williams near the end of the second quarter of Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin couldn’t make a one-handed grab in front of Jets cornerback Marcus Williams near the end of the second quarter of Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. deulitt@kcstar.com

In this week’s Blitz, The Star’s Terez A. Paylor answered five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.

1. Where did that come from? #ChiefsBlitz — @Chiefs182

I keep telling you guys, the NFL is wonky sometimes. The Chiefs had all those turnovers in their 19-12 loss to Houston last week, but things in this league tend to even out, eventually, even though you can never predict an absurd eight-turnover game by your opponent. The phrase “Any Given Sunday” is a cliche when it’s applied to the NFL, but it’s very, very true.

2. What was your opinion of Alex and the offense today? — @MyNam31sMud

They were okay, or maybe a little worse than that. The running game was bad, averaging only 2.7 yards a carry, while the passing game was merely passable (pun!). But they did look a bit better than they did last week against Houston, and they even got off to a good start Sunday, which had been missing in the first two weeks of the season. But there’s still plenty to work on, particularly when it comes to execution. The Chiefs have not begun to live up to their potential on that side of the ball yet.

3. What’s your take on the touchback call negating Spencer Ware’s touchdown? — @3GravyCats

I think it’s one of those things where, to the naked eye, that’s a touchdown and it probably should be a touchdown, but when the replays get involved in the NFL, all bets are off. I generally believe you know a touchdown — just like you know a catch — when you see it, but if you evaluated the play by the letter of the law, the overturned call was probably correct.

4. What the heck is up with our pass rush? — @Thatkcboi

The Chiefs have perennially had one of the NFL’s best pass rushes since 2013, but through three games, they only have three sacks, which is easily near the bottom of the league. Some of this has to do with the opponents’ schemes — they’re getting the ball out quickly — but the truth is, the rush simply isn’t as dynamic without Justin Houston, a top-five edge rusher in this league. Provided he returns to the fold and gets back into the swing of things — he’s been spotted around the locker room in recent weeks walking just fine, without a brace — this defense will jump to another level.

5. Is (Jeremy Maclin) now a niche receiver or was it just an off game? — @JamesJayhawk

The latter, provided the coaching staff actually agrees (none of us know how he graded out). He caught four of seven targets for 35 yards, and he almost made a one-handed catch down the middle in which he later said his other arm was being hooked by the defender. Look, Maclin is the same guy who caught 87 passes for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns here last year. He’s still the No. 1 read on many throws. It’s only Week 3. He’ll deliver this year, as long as he stays healthy.

The number

36 – The number of years it has been since the Chiefs recorded eight turnovers in a game, with the last time coming against Oakland on Oct. 5, 1980.

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