|Date of game: 11/2/2014
Recap: Kansas City vs. NY Jets
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Kansas City Chiefs handed the New York Jets their eighth straight defeat with a 24-10 victory.
Smith completed 21-of-31 passes for 199 yards for the Chiefs (5-3), who have won three in a row.
"I think this team has a lot of confidence right now, we feel like we've been playing good football and taking the right steps in the right direction these last few weeks," said Smith. "Every week, you're going out and doing whatever it takes to get a W. They all look different. None of them are the same, but that's the goal, to go out there and compete there."
Jamaal Charles carried 20 times for 78 yards and a score for Kansas City. Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano each caught a touchdown pass from Smith.
Michael Vick connected on 21-of-28 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown in his first start as a member of the Jets (1-8), who have lost eight in a row for the first time since opening 0-8 in 1996. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter after taking a hard hit and slamming his head on the ground.
Geno Smith had been New York's starting quarterback in all 24 games since he was drafted in the second round of last year's draft. He was benched last week against the Bills after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter and inactive this week with a shoulder injury, with Jets head coach Rex Ryan making the switch to Vick on Monday.
Ryan said after Sunday's loss that Vick will start next week against Pittsburgh.
Percy Harvin caught 11 passes for 129 yards in his second game as a Jet. Eric Decker hauled in nine passes for 63 yards and a score.
"Well this team, I think you miss judged the character if you think that losses is the only thing that identifies this team," said Ryan. "This team is made up of characters and these are mighty men. I hope like hell that we don't have to endure many more, but we will if that is the case."
The Chiefs got the ball to start the game and put together a 12-play, 81-yard drive. De'Anthony Thomas' 26-yard scamper helped set up Charles' 1-yard TD run.
After New York went three-and-out, Kansas City added to its lead.
Kelce's 34-yard catch on the first play put the Chiefs in prime position. On 1st-and-goal from the 2-yard line later on, Alex Smith threw a pass that was deflected by linebacker Calvin Pace. The ball caromed into the hands of Fasano, who was sitting on the ground near the goal line. Fasano was able to twist his body into the end zone for a touchdown.
Vick and the Jets finally got some offense going in the second quarter. New York converted a trio of third downs on a 15-play, 81-yard drive that Decker capped with a 3-yard TD catch. The score cut the gap to 14-7 with 2:09 left in the half.
Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to the New York 29-yard line. Just four plays later, Kelce caught a 12-yard TD pass.
The Jets managed to get three points back before the break thanks to Harvin's 65-yard return on the following kickoff, with Nick Folk's 39-yard field goal making the score 21-10.
Kansas City's defense then held New York scoreless in the second half.
The Chiefs' first possession of the second half resulted in a 19-yard Cairo Santos field goal. Kansas City again converted a trio of third downs and moved to the 1-yard line, but failed to punch the ball into the end zone.
Vick moved the Jets to the Kansas City 3-yard line early in the fourth quarter. On 4th-and-goal, he took a hard hit from Josh Mauga as his pass fell incomplete. Vick's head bounced off the ground and he was taken to the locker room.
"My head hit the ground but I was alright," said Vick. "Initially, I was dinged for a minute but I respect the NFL rules and the concussion protocol. I went in and took all the appropriate steps and I was able to pass all the tests."
Backup quarterback Matt Simms, promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, was forced to play one series before Vick returned. New York turned the ball over on downs on Simms' lone drive.Game Notes
Vick faced the same man -- Andy Reid -- who famously gave him a second chance
in the NFL. Vick was the Eagles' full-time starter from 2010-12 under Reid,
who is now the head coach of the Chiefs ... Chris Johnson carried 11 times
for 69 yards for the Jets ... Simms completed 3-of-8 passes for 39 yards.