The Kansas City Chiefs aim for their eighth consecutive home victory when they host the New York Jets on Sunday in a matchup of teams searching for consistency. Both squads are 1-1 and looking for a win that could prove pivotal to the playoff picture down the road.
The Jets bounced back from a crushing Week 1 defeat to beat former coach Rex Ryan and Buffalo 37-31 in Week 2, and they've had a few extra days of rest following that Thursday night victory to prepare for their next challenge. "The NFL is crazy in that we're only as good as what we do this week," Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told reporters. "We're not going to sit and celebrate last week, because we have to move on." The Chiefs are eager to turn the page on last week's 19-12 loss at Houston in which they managed just 291 total yards and committed three turnovers. The Jets have won three of the last four meetings, but Kansas City handed New York a 24-10 defeat in the most recent clash in 2014 and Chiefs as coach Andy Reid is 4-0 all-time against the Jets.
TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chiefs -3. O/U: 42
ABOUT THE JETS (1-1): New York, which is a couple of missed Nick Folk kicks away from being 2-0, possesses one of the league's top offensive units thus far. Fitzgerald has a bevy of talented receivers in Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and the emergent Quincy Enunwa, and the addition of running back Matt Forte has provided more balance. The defense has been tough on the run, but the secondary has been susceptible, allowing more than 300 passing yards in each game.
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-1): Kansas City has loads of weapons on offense, even with star running back Jamaal Charles having missed the first two games while recovering from last season's torn ACL. Spencer Ware has filled in admirably for Charles, while receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce give Alex Smith a pair of reliable targets. The defense has had a tough time stopping the run but has been stout with its back against the wall, as the Chiefs have allowed touchdowns on just 33.3 percent of opponents' red-zone trips - fourth-best in the league.
1. The Chiefs have been outscored 34-6 in the first half over their first two games.
2. Marshall has caught a touchdown pass in each of his last five games against the Chiefs, with seven TD grabs over that span.
3. Reid has recorded 174 career wins, one behind his mentor Mike Holmgren for 13th on the NFL's all-time list.
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Key Players to Watch
Kansas City Chiefs
- StomachQues Sun | questionable
Wylie sat out the previous game due to stomach pain, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Okafor has been held out of the past two games due to a minor hamstring strain, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Jones has a groin injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take part in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
- Handday-to-day | questionable
Ward sat out the previous game with a fractured left hand, but he is projected to play against the Ravens on Monday.
- GroinProb Mon | probable
Hamilton left the previous game with a groin injury, but it is not expected to affect his status for Monday's contest versus the Ravens.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
Williams exited the last game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to face the Ravens on Monday.
- IllnessProb Mon | probable
Clark was lifted from the last game due to an illness, but the symptoms will subside in time for Monday's matchup versus the Ravens.
- ConcussionProb Mon | probable
Watkins left the previous game due to a head injury and is going through the league's concussion protocol. It is anticipated that he will be available Monday versus the Ravens.
New York Jets
- ConcussionQues Thurs | questionable
Wilson was held out of the previous game due to a concussion. It is uncertain if he will be cleared in time for Thursday's clash versus the Broncos.
- RibsProb Thurs | probable
McDougald was lifted from the previous game with injured ribs, but his availability against the Broncos on Thursday is not in danger.
- AnkleDoub Thurs | doubtful
Willis was forced from the previous game with an ankle injury, and it is unlikely that will take the field against the Broncos on Thursday.
- ShoulderQues Thurs | I-R
Smith has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a shoulder injury. The team has three weeks to activate him.
- ShoulderQues Thurs | questionable
Jenkins is nursing a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Thursday against the Broncos.
- AnkleOut Thurs | out
Perriman sat out the last game with a sprained ankle, and he will not be active against the Broncos on Thursday.
- RibsQues Thurs | questionable
Hogan is dealing with injuries to his ribs and knee, leaving his status against the Broncos on Thursday up in the air.
- KneeQues Thurs | questionable
Franklin-Myers has a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Broncos on Thursday.