Jackson Sallee – 23 Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs faced the winless New York Jets in their week eight matchup. This is the first time Le’Veon Bell faced his former team after he was dropped by the Jets and signed by the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago. Unexpectedly, this game was not a full blowout win, but it was still a win for the Chiefs, taking down the Jets 35-9. The Jets remain the only winless team in the NFL.

In the first quarter, the Chiefs’ first two drives resulted in 30+ yard touchdown receptions from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman and Tyreek Hill. In the second drive, they almost decided to punt it away on 4th down, but the punter Tommy Townsend throws it to Byron Pringle to extend the drive and set up the Touchdown. For the Jets, they had two identical drives that consisted of 43 yards each and a field goal on each drive. The Chiefs defense could not stop much of the runs on the two drives until they got close to the red zone.

In the second quarter, the Chiefs struggle to get much yardage and are forced to punt it, and the Jets get another field goal to make it three straight field goals by Sergio Castillo. Mahomes on the next drive throws two straight big yardage completions to Travis Kelce, which leads to Kelce getting a milestone of 7,000 receiving yards in his career, the second-fastest tight end to do so. The drive ends in Mahomes under handing a touchdown pass to Kelce to go up 20-9 before the extra point. Kelce celebrating decides to dunk the ball over the goal post which could have become costly as he gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and Harrison Butker kicked it out of bounds, which had the Jets start from the 50-yard line after the two penalties with less than a minute left in the first half. The Jets get into field goal position and try to make it four straight field goals made, but this time Armani Watts blocks it, Hardman recovers it to end the first half, and they go into the locker room leading 21-9.

Coming out of the half, both teams have two drives resulting in nothing, with the Chiefs turning it over on downs on their second drive, with the Jets stopping their former teammate LeVeon Bell from getting a yard. Jets punt it for a third straight drive, and Chiefs drive it down the field once again, with Mahomes throwing to DeMarcus Robinson for the Touchdown, making it four touchdown passes to four different receivers for Mahomes. In the fourth, Mahomes throws another deep touchdown pass to Hill for a 35-9 lead after the extra point. In celebration, Mahomes ran down to the end zone to pick Hill up on his back and run him to the sideline. Because of the lead, they put Chad Henne in the game again with nine minutes left in the game. He chews down the clock and turns it over on downs with less than two minutes left in the half, and the Jets use some run plays to end the game.

Some stats to know after this game is that Bell has 46 rushing yards in only two games with the chiefs, while he had 67 rushing yards in five games with the Jets before they released him. Even though he did not have much yardage in this game, he still averages more yards per game than with his former team. It looks like Le’Veon Bell has found his place in Kansas City. Also, this game is the 10th time since 2018 that Mahomes has had four or more touchdowns and zero interceptions in a half, which is twice as many as veteran quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. The Chiefs (7-1) will stay at home and take on the 3-5 Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 8th at noon on Fox.

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