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Jets vs. Chiefs – The Playbook: 3 keys for Gang Green


Jets vs. Chiefs at METLIFE STADIUM


When: 1 p.m.


TV: Ch. 2


LINE: Chiefs by 3 1/2


The reeling Jets, losers of five of their last six games and on the outside of the playoff picture, welcome the Chiefs to MetLife Stadium Sunday. Here are three keys to victory for Gang Green.


WIN THE FOURTH


We’re now 11 games into this 2017 season, and the Jets’ issues are glaring. Primarily, the young team has not figured out how to close out games, and that starts with horrid play in the fourth quarter — defensive collapses, mind-numbing penalties, untimely turnovers. The Jets have been outscored by 66 points in the fourth quarter. They’ve blown three fourth-quarter leads in the last five weeks. In response, Todd Bowles and his staff put an emphasis on the fourth quarter this week, implementing more competition into practice and labeling the four practice periods as “quarters.” OC John Morton has even been holding four fingers up in the air when the team gets to the final practice period. We’ll see if it pays off Sunday.


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF K.C. OFFENSE


The once-vaunted Chiefs’ offense has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, as Andy Reid’s squad has lost five of six. Alex Smith, who was playing at an MVP level for the first half of the season, now seems in danger of losing his job to rookie Patrick Mahomes. Reid was adamant that the woes are far from just Smith’s fault, but the signal-caller has thrown four INTs over the last three games after not tossing one in his first eight. The Jets defense has forced 17 turnovers this season, 10th-most in the league. Bowles needs a lock-down performance from his group.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith

(Al Bello/Getty Images)


EXPOSE DARRELLE REVIS


Darrelle Revis, one of the greatest players in Jets history, will be suiting up with the Chiefs for the first time, after signing a contract with the team two weeks ago. The Jets staff is familiar with Revis and his skillset. It’s unclear how much the CB has left in the tank. A disaster last season for Gang Green, he told reporters in KC that he dropped weight and is in better shape. Either way, Josh McCown and the offense should avoid Marcus Peters, who’s established himself as one of the league’s best cover corners. That means attacking the 32-year-old early and often. Expect the Chiefs to give Revis considerable help.  


INJURY REPORT


JETS: CB Juston Burris (concussion) is OUT. DT Xavier Cooper (knee), RB Matt Forte (knee) and RG Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) are QUESTIONABLE.


CHIEFS: LB Dee Ford (back), S Eric Murray (ankle) and RB Charcandrick West (not injury related) are OUT. LB Tamba Hali (knee) and WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) are QUESTIONABLE.

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