The game didn’t start until 3:25 p.m. local time. But despite the late start, the Jets came out of the gates fast asleep in a brutal 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
One week after their offense put up 37 points in a win over the Bills, the Jets committed eight turnovers. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a franchise-record-tying six interceptions, including three in the red zone.
The first pick came on the Jets’ second drive of the game, courtesy of Marcus Peters. The Chiefs took over at the Jets’ 35 and only needed four plays to find the end zone on a crossing pattern to Travis Kelce.
But the Jets’ turnovers were just beginning. It looked as though Bilal Powell would take a catch-and-run to convert a third down, but fumbled on his way to the ground. Kansas City was able to score three more points on the next drive.
And before the Jets’ offense could even get back on the field, Jalin Marshall fumbled the ensuing kick return and Demetrius Harris took it 34 yards to the house for a 17-0 Chiefs lead.
Before the half, the Jets managed a nine-play, 46-yard drive that ended in a Nick Folk field goal. That drive included Robby Anderson’s first regular season catch, worth 26 yards.
The teams traded punts at the start of the half, but the Jets then seemed to catch a break. Despite Kelce helping the Chiefs enter the red zone with a 42-yard catch, Spencer Ware fumbled the ball out of the end zone two plays later. The play was originally ruled a touchdown, but on review, Ware had lost the ball just before reaching the pylon.
But would the Jets capitalize on the touchback? Of course not. New York managed to move 75 yards to the Chiefs’ five, but Fitzpatrick rifled a pass over the middle that got tipped up and was intercepted by Eric Berry in the end zone.
The Jets stuffed Kansas City on fourth down and drove again, but at the six-yard line Fitzpatrick replicated the performance – another pass, another interception (Peters’ second).
It was all downhill from there. Fitzpatrick threw three more interceptions in the final five minutes of the game. Derrick Johnson returned one 55 yards for a touchdown – the Chiefs’ only score of the second half.
Fitzpatrick’s performance was the worst by a Jet since Joe Namath in 1975. Namath had three six-interception games in his career, coming in 1967, 1970 and 1975.
Besides the picks, Fitzpatrick finished 20-for-44 with 188 yards. Bilal Powell was the Jets’ leading receiver with 41 yards on six catches.
Matt Forte led Jets’ rushers with 65 yards on 15 attempts.
This game will be remembered for Fitzpatrick’s atrocious performance, but it may be forgotten that the Chiefs did not play great football, themselves. Two of their three touchdowns came off turnover returns thanks to bad New York mistakes. The Jets only allowed 75 rushing yards.
But none of that matters when the most important position on the field, which 10 days ago seemed solid, becomes a glaring problem again.
EDIT: An earlier version of this article said that Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions in the red zone in this game. He threw three.