Chiefs vs. Jets: 4 Things We Learned from New York's 37-10 Win

Chris CiprianoCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2011

Chiefs vs. Jets: 4 Things We Learned from New York's 37-10 Win

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    The New York Jets cruised by the Kansas City Chiefs 37-10 at MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon.

    Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground in leading the Jets to victory. 

    The offense got off to a fast start—unusual for them—and by halftime the outcome of the game was no longer in question as they had built a 28-3 lead. 

    The defense also did its part holding the Chiefs to just four yards of total offense in the first half. 

    The Jets will look to extend their three-game winning streak when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles next week. 

    Before moving on to next week, let's take a closer look at today's game and see what we learned. 

The Jets Control Their Own Destiny

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    The New York Jets win, coupled with losses by the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders mean the Jets now control their own destiny. 

    If they win their remaining three games, they are in the playoffs. While that's easier said than done, the Jets no longer need to rely on other teams losing. 

    I think T.J. Yates might be Jets fans second-favorite quarterback after he led the Houston Texans to a last-second victory over the Bengals. 

Eric Smith and Brodney Pool Need to Step Up

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    One of the few negatives from this game was the injury to Jim Leonhard. 

    After intercepting a Tyler Palko pass, Leonhard's leg twisted as he was being tackled. The injury is to the same leg that ended his season last year. 

    "Jets believe safety Jim Leonhard has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season, according to sources," states the New York Post.

    In his absence, Brodney Pool will start and both he and Eric Smith will need to step up.

    Leonhard is the quarterback of the defense and when he missed time last year, the defense struggled to adjust initially. With every game a virtual must-win, there is no room for error. 

Shonn Greene Is Heating Up

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    Shonn Greene had one of the best games of his career on Sunday, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on just 24 carries. 

    Greene was also the team's leading receiver, catching three passes for 58 yards. 

    This comes after he had three touchdowns last week and averaged six yards per carry the week before.

    In his short career, Greene has come on at the end of the season and it appears we are seeing the same thing now. 

Schottenheimer Changed the Offense

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    This is something you rarely after a Jets game: Brian Schottenheimer called a great game. 

    Despite all the criticism he gets from fans, you have to give him credit.

    The New York Jets were aggressive on offense and even took a few shots downfield. They weren't successful, but it was still nice to see them try. 

    Perhaps the biggest difference was the use of the screen game.

    The Jets gashed the Chiefs on screen plays to both Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. We haven't seen them utilize the screen this much since Leon Washington was on the team.