Sunday, December 11, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jets 37, Chiefs 10
By James Walker
Here are some early thoughts on the New York Jets' 37-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: After back-to-back fourth-quarter comebacks, the Jets (8-5) finally got an easy game. New York jumped to a 28-3 lead at halftime and cruised the rest of the way. It was the third straight win for the Jets and keeps them in the thick of the AFC wild-card chase. New York played like it couldn't afford to lose this game.
Gang Greene: Jets starting running back Shonn Greene is playing his best football of the season. Greene rushed for a season-high 129 yards and a touchdown. He also added another 58 yards receiving. Greene has four touchdowns the past two weeks. Sunday also marked his second 100-yard game this season.
Defense batters Palko: As expected, New York's blitzing defense battered and confused Kansas City quarterback Tyler Palko. The Jets held Palko to just 195 yards passing and one touchdown pass. New York also registered six sacks and one pick. Palko had just 11 yards passing in the first half and picked up most of his yards in garbage time.
Leonhard hurts knee: The Jets suffered a big injury in their secondary when starting safety Jim Leonhard twisted his right knee in the second quarter. Leonhard needed help off the field and never returned. He will be further evaluated this week and could be out for an extended period.
Getting help: The Jets got the big help they needed in the wild-card chase. The Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) suffered a last-second 20-19 loss to the Houston Texans (10-3) to give up the sixth seed in the AFC. The Jets don't hold any tiebreakers among playoff hopefuls in the conference and need to continue winning.
What's next: The Jets continue their string of must-win games in the final month of the season. New York will travel to play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15.