After losing five of their last six games, Smith and Kelce have already teamed up for two touchdown passes in the first three minutes of play in NY. Finally, after 10 goal-to-goal plays, quarterback Josh McCown plunged in from a yard out to give the Jets a 36-31 lead.
Still it wasn't enough.
Despite an outstanding performance from quarterback Alex Smith (366 passing yards, four touchdowns), the Kansas City Chiefs dropped their road contest with the New York Jets, 38-31. They face the Oakland Raiders next Sunday and the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15.
Unlike in the previous three games, in which Kansas City failed to score more than 17 points, offense was not the problem in this latest defeat.
They also changed their offensive playcaller from coach Andy Reid to coordinator Matt Nagy.
On the other hand, the Chiefs' defense regressed significantly against the Jets.
In a major surprise, middle linebacker Darron Lee was listed as one of the Jets' inactives for today's game against the Chiefs. That didn't appear to make much of a difference.
After two running plays, McCown threw incomplete - but Steven Nelson was penalized for defensive holding, making it first-and-goal from the 2. The Chiefs did get the two early touchdown passes, both to Travis Kelce. But Kansas City's Bennie Logan was called for a personal foul for hitting long snapper Thomas Hennessy in the head on the play. With the amount of zone coverage teams play against the Chiefs, they should be able to pound opponents up the middle, especially in even-count boxes.