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JETS-CHIEFS PREVIEW
By Mark Walters
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
October 24th, 2008
Our old friend Herm Edwards is back and struggling to keep his job in KC.
Our old friend Herm Edwards is back and struggling to keep his job in KC.
On paper, the Jets matchup against the Chiefs should be a slam dunk for Gang Green. However, nothing is as black and white as it seems as the Jets proved that last week in Oakland. This Sunday will mark the second return of former Coach Herm Edwards as he comes back to East Rutherford with one thing in mind.... keep his job.

While the Jets may be licking their chops, they won’t let anyone know it.

“What I talked about with the team [Jets] is the fact (that) this is a younger team,” Mangini said. “Historically, when you face a team like this and when a team does play a lot of young players, as the season progresses, they get better and better. As they learn more, get more reps, get more experience, they continue to improve.”

The improvement has yet to be seen. The Larry Johnson-less Chiefs though had better get something going and fast. Maybe this week will be the week for them, as Herman Edwards makes his second return to the Meadowlands since leaving New York. Last year, the Chiefs and Jets met in the final game of the season, a 13-10 Jets overtime win.

Last week the Jets proved that no one-win team should be overlooked, as the 1-4 Raiders handled Gang Green in overtime 16-13, making them 3-3 and in desperate need of a win.

We don't look at any opponent any differently than we look at the last opponent,” Mangini said. “(We) knew that last week was going to be a tough game on the road against a very good defense. They were going to be able to cause some problems there. I don't think that snuck up on anybody. I don't think this is any different.”

Different it actually may be, since the Chiefs lost to Oakland 23-8 on September 14. Sure, the NFL is an “any given Sunday” type of business, but the Chiefs might just be more hapless than the Raiders.

For the Jets to get a win though, the offense needs to get a rhythm, any rhythm.

No, Brett Favre does not need to throw for 6 touchdowns and Thomas Jones does not need to rush for 200 yards, but rather some sort of middle ground between those two scenarios. As they say, the run opens things up downfield, or the other way around.

“What you're looking for is balance,” Mangini said. “Some games you're going to throw for six touchdowns; some games you’re going to rush for eight yards a carry. Either one of those are really positive things. The end result or what you're looking for is to be able to score points.

“More so than anything else, we need to convert on those red-zone opportunities, we need to control the turnovers and we need to eliminate penalties. Those things kill drives.”

As for drive killing, Favre has eight interceptions to go along with his six fumbles, but as a team, the Jets have only lost four of their 10 fumbles. Looking at penalties, the Jets have been flagged 30 times for a total of 251 yards, which isn’t horribly disgusting considering their opponents have 41 penalties for 285 yards.

“A lot of the situations that we have been in we have hurt ourselves with turnovers, penalties and taking ourselves out of good situations,” RB Thomas Jones said. “A lot of our problems have been just us. I think if we can eliminate some of those mistakes I think we will be in good shape.”

OL Damien Woody said the offense needs to be more consistent.

“We do a lot of good things,” Woody said. “But a lot of times you’ll see a little breakdown here, or a little breakdown there, whatever the case may be. Our main focus is consistency. We need to be consistent throughout the whole game in everything we do. If we do that, we’re definitely capable of being a very explosive offense.”

Injury Report as of 10/23

Jets

Out: K Mike Nugent (thigh)

Did Not Participate in Practice [Doubtful]: WR Laveranues Coles (thigh/head), TE Bubba Franks (hip), OL Damien Woody (calf)

Limited Participation [Questionable]: TE Chris Baker (back), WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), OL Brandon Moore (foot), S Eric Smith (head)

Full Participation [Probable]: NT Kris Jenkins (back), LB Calvin Pace (foot)

Chiefs

Did Not Participate in Practice [Doubtful]: P Dustin Colquitt (groin)

Full Participation [Probable]: LB Donnie Edwards (ankle)

Jets ‘O’ vs. Chiefs ‘D’

As stated earlier, it’s all about Gang Green getting some kind of rhythm going. Additionally, they will need to provide a balanced attack to be successful. It will be interesting to see how Favre rebounds after the “toughest loss he’s ever experienced.” The Chiefs are horrible at stopping the run—last in the league—so expect big things from Leon Washington and Jones.

Advantage: Jets

Jets ‘D’ vs. Chiefs ‘O’

The Jets dropped to fourth in the league in stopping the run, down from third prior to the Oakland game. Either way, without Larry Johnson, who is being deactivated for “breaking team rules,” the Chiefs won’t be able to do anything on the ground. For the Jets secondary, this could be its breakout game against a mediocre Chiefs passing offense that ranks 13th in the NFL with a 60.1 completion percentage and averages 195 yards a game in the air.

Advantage: Jets

Predicton

While it’s easy and trendy to say the Jets have an easy win on the horizon with the Chiefs, that’s what everyone was saying last week heading into Oakland. Granted, Oakland is a lot more intimidating than Kansas City, especially facing them in the Black Hole, but still, it’s an “any given Sunday” business in the NFL. As made evident, the Jets are the paper champions, and even though I want to go out on a limb, predict Kansas City, and maybe say “I told you so,” Sunday evening, I can’t. Not with the way New York played at home against Cincinnati two weeks ago. It’s just not logical for them to lose against Kansas City at Giants Stadium.

Jets 24 Chiefs 9

Game time is at 1PM local time on CBS TV. Local radio is on 1050 AM ESPN and 103.9 WRCN Long Island. Be sure to log on to JI after the game for a complete recap!

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