The New York Jets will look to carry their impressive offensive performance from Week 2 to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday when they play the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last week the Jets' offense exploded for 493 total yards in a 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. The team set a franchise record for yards by wide receivers with four players combining for 364 yards. Two players, Eric Decker (126) and Brandon Marshall (101) went for over 100 yards and Quincy Enunwa was just behind with 92 yards. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was named AFC offensive player of the week, after completing 23-of-34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Matt Forte got it down on the ground as well. He ran for 100 yards on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns to tie a franchise record. He ran for 96 yards in Week 1.
Marshall is likely to be a game-time decision against the Chiefs though, after spraining his knee against the Bills.
The Jets last played in Kansas City in 2014, when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Jamaal Charles rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown as well en route to a 24-10 win.
Charles hasn’t played a down this season and Week 3 isn’t looking much better for the running back to make his return after tearing his ACL in October.
"I think the longer you can wait with him, the better it is, even though he probably thought he can play today or tomorrow," coach Andy Reid told ESPN on Wednesday. He doesn’t want to rush him back. "We’ll see how this week goes. Another week I think is going to help him.’’ He is listed as doubtful.
In the meantime Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have filled in for Charles, and have been successful on limited carries. Both have totaled more than 6 yards per carry.
Ware has rushed for 127 yards on 21 carries, and West, 60 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Ware has also done damage on the receiving end, where he leads the team with 177 yards on nine catches. He is 15th in the league among all players in receiving yards.
After leading a late comeback in Week 1, throwing for 363 yards and two touchdowns, Smith had a sub-par outing against the Houston Texans. In a 19-12 defeat, he completed just 20 of 37 throws for 186 yards and no touchdowns.
The Jets, however, head to Kansas City having allowed the sixth-most passing yards in the league at 315.5 per game. Darrelle Revis let A.J. Green total 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and Marquis Goodwin raked in 112 yards on two catches, and Greg Salas four catches for 89 yards in Week 2. Jeremy Maclin, who’s posted 11 catches for 131 yards could be in for his first big game of the season.
How to Watch Jets vs. Chiefs on Sunday
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO.
Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter)
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket