Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets: Key Matchups and Prediction

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Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets: Key Matchups and Prediction
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The Chiefs will battle with the Jets this weekend for the first time in three years.

The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to the MetLife Stadium this weekend to take on the New York Jets in a key Week 14 matchup.

Both teams are still in the playoff hunt, as the Jets currently sit just two games behind AFC East division leader New England and KC is also two games behind both Oakland and Denver in the AFC West.

For this game, I will be reviewing some of the key matchups that will take place, and also give my final prediction as well.

Key Matchup No. 1: Santonio Holmes/Plaxico Burress vs. Brandon Carr/Brandon Flowers

This will be a big test for the Chiefs' two talented cornerbacks, as they will be squaring off against a duo of solid wideouts in Burress and Holmes.

If Flowers and Carr can limit these two playmakers, then it will make the front seven's job much easier for the KC defense on Sunday. 

With the way the Chiefs secondary has been playing of late, QB Mark Sanchez and the Jets receivers better be on high alert this weekend.

Advantage: Chiefs

Key Matchup No. 2: Shonn Greene vs. Chiefs Run Defense

Third-year back Shonn Greene is clearly the best rushing threat that the Jets offense has at their disposal.

He's already rushed for 739 yards and five touchdowns so far this season.

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Tamba Hali and the Chiefs' defense hope to shut down their third offense in a row when they go against Mark Sanchez and the Jets on Sunday.

Fortunately for him, he will be going against a Kansas City defense that ranks 25th in the league against the run.

Advantage: Jets

Key Matchup No. 3: Chiefs Pass Rush vs. Jets Offensive Line

This is the matchup that Kansas City will need to win on Sunday if they want to win this game.

The KC pass rush is also red-hot right now, after sacking Bears QB Caleb Hanie a season-high seven times last week.

The Jets offensive line has shown struggles at times in protecting for Sanchez this season, as they have already allowed opposing defenses to sack their star QB 25 different times this year.

Advantage: Chiefs

Key Matchup No. 4: Dwayne Bowe/Steve Breaston vs. Darrelle Revis/Antonio Cromartie

Bowe and Breaston give the Chiefs passing offense one of the best one-two punches out of any receiving corps in the league.

However, the Jets have a great player of their own in the secondary, and his name is Darrelle Revis.

Although Revis has played very well, his teammate Antonio Cromartie has struggled some at the cornerback position this season.

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Advantage: Push

Key Matchup No. 5: Chiefs Rushing Attack vs. Jets Defensive Front Seven

Kansas City's ground game is averaging nearly 121 yards per game, which is good for ninth in the league.

New York's rushing defense is currently giving up just 113 yards per game, which puts them at 15th-best in the NFL in that area.

However, I think that the Jets defense will be more than ready for any running back that KC throws at them on Sunday. 

Advantage: Jets

Prediction: Jets 17, Chiefs 10

I see this game being a very physical, tough game for both teams, with the Jets having a little more offense than Tyler Palko and Kansas City.

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