Chiefs' maddening loss to Jets a metaphor for Kansas City's collapse

Chiefs' maddening loss to Jets a metaphor for Kansas City's collapse

Josh McCown has thrown a career-high 17 touchdown passes and Robby Anderson has at least one touchdown catch in his last five games, averaging 17.4 yards per reception.

Still it wasn't enough.

Quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense at times were rolling again in Kansas City's loss to the New York Jets.

The key will be how the Chiefs fare in the next two weeks at home against Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers - two teams once left for dead in the AFC West as Kansas City looked like a lock to win the division.

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The Jets (5-7) blew fourth-quarter leads in three of their previous five games heading into this weekend.

After this point, Peters left the field and originally it was believed that officials had tossed him from the game. But the Chiefs' defense collapsed, allowing nearly 500 yards to the Jets. 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.

After two running plays, McCown threw incomplete - but Steven Nelson was penalized for defensive holding, making it first-and-goal from the 2. With the defensive line unable to generate a sack on the day, much pressure was put on the Chiefs' defensive backs to make plays and force turnovers. The Chiefs did get the two early touchdown passes, both to Travis Kelce.

Who the Public Likes: Kansas City. The Chiefs generally script those plays well before kickoff; they are not selected in the moment.

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