Week 8 Previews: Jets Hope to Avoid Getting Mauled by Mahomes
In what stands to be one of their most embarrassing contests in memories recent or distant, Adam Gase and the New York Jets head to Kansas City to take on Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Le’Veon Bell and the Kansas City Chiefs. If we’re being honest, the key matchup in this game is the Jets versus the clock, as in wanting it to run down to 00:00 as quickly as possible as this one is sure to get out of hand. They other key matchups?
Adam Gase vs Andy Reid:
Reid has a chance to humiliate Gase and the Jets on a couple of levels. First and foremost is on the scoreboard. The Chiefs will score as many points as Reid lets them. The only way this one doesn’t reach historical proportions is if Reid pulls his starters as soon as the game is out of reach which could happen before the end of the first quarter. On another level, there will be Reid’s use of running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell was on a Hall of Fame trajectory before coming to the Jets and rendered useless in Adam Gase’s offense. Reid, an actual offensive genius, will surely deploy Bell in a way that highlights his strengths. A blowout loss with a huge day from Bell could be yet another new low point for Gase in 2020.
RB Le’Veon Bell vs ILB Avery Williamson:
This is a matchup the Chiefs will be hoping to exploits if the opportunity presents itself. Williamson hasn’t been the same player since returning from injury this season and hasn’t been able to do much of anything in coverage this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Williamson has been targeted by opposing QB’s 26 times this season, picking up a whopping 24 completions.
CB’s Bless Austin/Pierre Desire vs Tyreek Hill:
This should be one of many mismatches on the day as Hill’s world class speed with go head-to-head with a pair of corners who have had their share of ups and downs in 2020. Look for plenty of safety help over the top against Hill in Gregg Williams’ scheme, but there’s little chance of Hill being kept below 100 yards.
TE Travis Kelce vs S Marcus Maye/Ashtyn Davis:
One of the premier tight ends in the NFL, Kelce is likely to see his fair share of Marcus Maye today as the safety has been playing at a high level of late. He’ll also see a bit of rookie safety Ashtyn Davis with Bradley McDougald on injured reserve. Kelce is just one of many weapons at Patrick Mahomes’ disposal who could be up for a big day.
WR Denzel Mims vs CB Chavarius Ward:
With the Jets top two receivers on the shelf with injuries, the Jets should force-feed Mims to help make up for the many missed reps this season. There’s no substitute for live reps in player development so the Jets should do just that with Mims in the contest. Unless Gase throws in the towel before the half and decides to run out the clock with Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine, he should call Mims’ number as often as possible.-
Andy Reid is a decent guy. He’s not going to kick the Jet while they’re down and let the Chiefs put up 55+ points. The Chiefs do cover the 20-point spread however as they win this one walking away, 42-6.