Cornerback Marcus Peters had had enough at that point, chucking the penalty flag into the stands, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and leaving the field despite not being ejected. Whether it was the turning over of offensive play calling duties from head coach Andy Reid to coordinator Matt Nagy, or simply a case of improved confidence, Smith generated some big offensive plays. NY coach Todd Bowles wisely took the points off the board with the Jets given a first-and-goal from the Chiefs' 1-yard line.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Chiefs are 3-point road favorites to beat the Jets, who opened as 4-point home underdogs. ESPN's analytics department gives Kansas City a 66 percent chance of doing so despite its ongoing struggles. The Jets then went for two, and on the play, Nelson was again called for holding after McCown dropped back about 30 yards.
The Jets showed some signs of life, though, with Bilal Powell scoring on a 1-yard run.
We're just a few minutes into the Chiefs-Jets game, but it appears Alex Smith and Travis Kelce are doing their best to reverse their team's fortune. Kansas City is in a deep funk. It was also odd that DE Muhammad Wilkerson sat the majority of the first quarter.
It's apparently a coach's decision and something that will surely come up in Todd Bowles' press conference after the game. It ended his franchise record of 23 straight field goals made. As of Sunday morning, the Chiefs were receiving just over 60% of the tickets at the betting window.