KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 01: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a three-yard touchdown against the New York Jets during their NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The 2020 New York Jets have now matched the worst start in franchise history (0-8) thanks to a defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • New York Jets 9 (0-8)
  • Kansas City Chiefs 35 (7-1)
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  • Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
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Only the New England Patriots separate the 2020 New York Jets from franchise infamy.

Adam Gase’s most recent defeat, a dispirited 35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, means his team has now matched the worst start in franchise history. Only Rich Kotite‘s 1996 Jets started a season 0-8. (A 199-yard Adrian Murrell effort against the Arizona Cardinals gave the 1996 squad its first and only victory of the season.)

On Sunday, a familiar story unfolded at Arrowhead Stadium. The Jets hung around in the first half only to allow the competition to adjust and breeze past them after halftime.

Three Sergio Castillo field goals helped keep the Jets within striking distance—a 21-9 halftime deficit. At one point, the scoreboard read 14-9 Chiefs with three minutes to go in the first half. Unfortunately, Patrick Mahomes marched them on a seven-play, 76-yard drive that resulted in a 3-yard Travis Kelce score.

A 26-yard touchdown to Demarcus Robinson in the third quarter put the game away for good.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP finished the game with 416 yards and five touchdowns on 31 of 42 passing. He picked apart Gregg Williams’s defense in every way and did so without a rushing game.

Young Clyde Edwards-Helaire couldn’t muster much (21 yards on six carries), and neither could former Jet Le’Veon Bell (seven yards on six carries) who looked extremely slow within the framework of the Chiefs offense.

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Travis Kelce led the way for Kansas City through the air with 109 yards and the team’s third touchdown of the day on eight receptions.

Stud wideout Tyreek Hill tallied the Chiefs’ second touchdown of the game. It was a chunk play (an out-and-up route) that completely flipped Ashtyn Davis‘s hips downfield.

The score happened courtesy of a fake punt that had Pierre Desir lost in space.

Hill finished with a capper in the fourth quarter: a 41-yard touchdown.

Hill finished with 98 yards and two touchdowns on four grabs.

The only other not-accounted-for-touchdown came courtesy of a Mecole Hardman score on a jet-motion push pass on the Chiefs’ opening drive.

For the Jets, Sam Darnold didn’t exactly impress. While he didn’t throw any interceptions, he threw for just 133 yards on 18 of 30 passing.

Perhaps the only offensive highlight of the day went to No. 11. Darnold found Denzel Mims on a fade in a one-on-one situation that went for 27 yards.

Mims caught just two balls for 42 yards while Braxton Berrios led the team with eight receptions for just 34 yards.

On the ground, not much was doing either. Frank Gore‘s 30 yards on 10 carries paced the team.

Quinnen Williams flashed a couple of times in the first half. He tallied two more tackles for loss and nearly came up with a sack on Mahomes (QB hit).

Kicker Sergio Castillo finished the day 3-4 with his only non-success coming at the end of the first half thanks to a blocked field goal. That, coupled with the fake punt, means Brant Boyer’s unit had a tough day as well.

The 0-8 Jets will look to avoid organizational infamy (an 0-9 start) with a win over the Patriots on Monday Night Football next week.

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Dark Demonik
Dark Demonik
1 year ago

If you need to know how bad the Jets are… Jets passing offense only has 4 Passing TD’s in 8 games and Maholmes had 5 Passing TDs in 1 game against the Jets today and to add icing on the cake…. Adam Gase Joins Rex Ryan and Rich Kottie with the biggest losing streak in team history *tied* and us long suffering Jets fans know how much Bill Bellicheck hates the Jets and will make it 9 in prime time…. The Comedy writes itself when it comes to the Jets

Abencowles
Abencowles
1 year ago

We all agree not to mention Herndon right? What happened to Griffen, does he even get any pass snaps (I know I’ve seen him block). TRADE SZN?