EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
It's offical. The Kansas City Chiefs are in free fall after falling 38-31 to the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon for their sixth loss in their last seven games.
"We are right there," head coach Andy Reid said after the loss. "These are not games where there is an extreme amount of difference between the two teams score wise. We're within striking distance. We just need to fix some things and get better at some things."
Alex Smith has been criticized in recent weeks for falling back into his old dink-and-dunk habbits, but quieted his doubters on Sunday, completing 19 of his 33 pass attempts for 366 yards and four touchdowns, two a piece to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. He even added in a 70 yard run in the second quarter.
The blame for this loss lies on the shoulders of the defense. After limiting the Buffalo Bills to 268 total yards in week 12, the Chiefs gave up 488 to the Jets and allowed New York to convert an eye-popping 13 third downs.
"Both sides, offense and defense, really felt like they're not holding up their end for each other and we haven't put them together here recently," Smith said. "We're a little bit anxious. We know we can play better. We know we're capable of better, it's just a matter of going out and doing it."
Forget the Chiefs winning the AFC West. Kansas City is in serious jeopardy of missing the postseason all together.
With first place in the AFC West on the line, Kansas City is back at it next Sunday, 12/10, as they host the Oakland Raiders. Kickoff at 12 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium.