Who: NY Jets (4-7) vs Kansas City Chiefs (6-5)
When: Sunday at 1 pm
Where: Metlife Stadium
Point Spread: Jets +3
After getting off to one of the leagues hottest starts a 5-1, the Kansas City Chiefs have slumped to a 6-5 record and look to get things back on track against the equally slumping Jets. Key match ups? Here are a few to keep an eye on.
WR Robby Anderson vs CB Darrelle Revis: Having signed with the Chiefs just a couple of weeks ago, Revis makes his debut against the Jets and this is a head to head battle that the Jets should be hoping for. How often and in what role Revis is used remains to be seen, but if Josh McCown sees Revis line up against Anderson, he should be thinking deep ball all day. It’s been quite some time since Revis played well against legitimate vertical threats, which Anderson has clearly become.
Jamal Adams and Darron Lee vs Travis Kelce: Playing as poorly as they are, the Chiefs may stick to what has worked best for them in the past and look to target tight end Travis Kelce. Lee and Adams are likely to draw that assignment for much of the day and Kelce will be a nice barometer for the two as one of the league’s more accurate passers in Alex Smith will be under center.
RT Brandon Shell vs OLB Justin Houston: Shell has faced some of the league’s elite pass rushers in his short career and held his own more times than not. Houston poses his biggest challenge since he faced Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack. If Shell can’t limit Houston’s production, it’s going to be difficult for Josh McCown to find any rhythm in the pocket.
RB Bilal Powell vs ILB Reggie Ragland: More of a run stuffer than a coverage defender, second-year linebacker Reggie Ragland will be tasked with doing a lot of dirty work up front. However, it the Jets can find a way to match him up one-on-one with Bilal Powell (or any of their backs for that matter), it could give McCown an outlet to offset the Kansas City pass rush.
DT Chris Jones vs RG Brian Winters and C Wesley Johnson: The Jets’ struggles in the middle of their O-line this season have been well documented and Jones represents another match-up that could slow things down up front for the Jets offense. If they’re ever going to get their running game on track this season, they’ll have to start preventing almost immediate penetration from the likes of Jones who is having a solid season along the Chiefs defensive line.
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