4 Keys To Victory Against The Jets


  • This will be the 36th game between these original American Football League franchises. The series is tied at 17 victories for each team, with one tie.
  • The last time the teams met was October 29, 2008, when QB Brett Favre led the Jets to a come-from-behind 28-24 victory over the Chiefs at Giants Stadium.
  • The Chiefs and Jets have met twice in the playoffs, each team winning once. The Chiefs grabbed a 13-6 victory at Shea Stadium on the AFL playoffs in December 1969. This was the season after the Jets victory in Super Bowl III. The Chiefs win helped them reach Super Bowl IV where they beat Minnesota. The other post-season meeting was in 1986, where the Jets won 35-15 at the Meadowlands. That was the Chiefs first game in the playoffs in 15 years.
  • This will be the fourth different stadium where the Chiefs have played the Jets. They met four times at the Polo Grounds, where the Jets won three of four games. At Shea Stadium, the Chiefs held a 5-2 advantage in seven games there and at Giants Stadium the Jets won five of eight games, with one tie.
  • New Jersey has never been very kind to the Chiefs, whether they were playing the Jets or Giants. Overall they are 2-12-1 in the Garden State, going 2-5-1 against Gang Green and 0-7 vs. the Big Blue. Their only victories came in 1992 (23-7) and 2002 (29-25). The teams tied in 1988 (17-17).
  • The Chiefs visit to MetLife Stadium leaves just one current NFL stadium they have not yet visited – the Dallas Cowboys Dome in Arlington, Texas. Under NFL scheduling plans, the earliest the Chiefs would see the Jerry Dome would be in 2013 when they face the NFC East.
  • It has been since the 2004 season since the Chiefs have been able to win back-to-back games on the road in December. With a victory last Sunday in Chicago, the Chiefs have that chance this Sunday with their trip to the Meadowlands. In ’04, they won at Oakland (34-27) and then the following week at Tennessee (49-38).


Take Plaxico or Santonio out of the offense

When he’s looking to make a big play, there’s no question where QB Mark Sanchez is going to throw the ball – he’s looking for WRs Plaxico Burress or Santonio Holmes. Combined they have 78 catches and 13 touchdowns and other than TE Dustin Keller, they dominate Sanchez’s view of each play. Over the last three games the K.C. defense has done a great job of blanketing the big play makers of New England, Pittsburgh and Chicago. They need to continue that against the Jets.


Let Palko use his legs

One thing QB Tyler Palko brings to the field is his ability to run. But so far he’s used his legs only to get out of the way in the pocket from a pass rush. In his first start there was a QB draw called and he ended up losing six yards after the Patriots blitzed right into the handoff. Since, then he’s only run only three times and he has a total of three rushing yards. Todd Haley and Bill Muir need to loosen up and allow him to move, whether in a moving pocket or designed running plays. We aren’t talking about going crazy here, but something that will keep the Jets defense guessing, and loosen things up so Palko has places to throw the ball.


Run the ball on offense

Since losing Jamaal Charles in the second week of the season, the Chiefs have had trouble putting a consistent running game on the field. On the season, they’ve averaged 120.7 rushing yards per game. Since Tyler Palko took over at quarterback for the injured Matt Cassel, they’ve averaged 109.3 yards per game. In the last two weeks it’s down to 101.5 rushing yards per game. They must find a way against the Jets to move the ball with their backs; New York is too good on pass defense to spend all day trying to complete short passes and avoid sacks. Without a run game, Palko will have big problems.


Keep Matt Sanchez struggling

It has not been a good year for the Jets QB. He has a 19-11 TD-to-INT ratio. He’s averaging just 6.61 yards per attempt, with a completion percentage at 56.5 percent. Along with his fumbles lost, he’s turned the ball over 16 times and been sacked 25 times. The improved and productive K.C. defense needs to get Sanchez on the ground, force the ball out of his hands and create situations where he makes bad decisions. The home crowd has taken to booing their quarterback, and the Chiefs need to do whatever they can to continue that trend.

One Response to “4 Keys To Victory Against The Jets”

  • December 10, 2011  - Chuck says:

    If we win this one I will really take my hat off to Palko, Haley and the entire Chiefs team. We’re not facing a “backup QB” on the road this time. Now we will find out just how good this team “really” is.

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