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Halftime observations: Chiefs 21, Jets 10

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) was tackled in the first quarter by New York Jets cornerback Antonio Allen (39) during NFL action on November 2, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) was tackled in the first quarter by New York Jets cornerback Antonio Allen (39) during NFL action on November 2, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Jets 21-10. Here are some quick observations.

▪ What a half by quarterback Alex Smith, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. His 12-yard touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce, in which he lofted a gorgeous throw over a defender in the middle of the field, could not have been thrown any better.

▪ Marcus Cooper, who started the first five games of the season, is nowhere to be found. When the Chiefs went dime, they played Ron Parker and Sean Smith at CB with Phillip Gaines at nickel. Kurt Coleman, Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah were the safeties.

When the Chiefs went with seven defensive backs, they brought in safety Kelcie McCray.

▪ With his first quarter touchdown, Jamaal Charles scored the 50th offensive touchdown of his career. Charles also has a special teams touchdown to his credit.

▪ Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson, a projected starter who is still trying to earn playing time after serving a four-game PED suspension, reported as a tackle eligible in the first quarter. He helped lead the way on an 11-yard run.

Stephenson did the same in the second quarter. The Chiefs threw the ball for an incompletion.

▪ Dwayne Bowe’s 11-yard catch in the second quarter gave him 500 for his career. He joins tight end Tony Gonzalez as the only players in team history to reach the milestone.

▪ Receiver A.J. Jenkins and safety Antonio Allen got into a little scrum in the second quarter. Jenkins was blocking Allen on a running play and the two got into it and needed to be separated. Neither was penalized.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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