Chiefs Defense Puts Together a Performance You'll Always Remember

The defense forced eight turnovers on Sunday in the 24-3 win over the Jets

Eight turnovers. Six interceptions. 

You're going to be telling your kids and grandkids about Sunday's performance by the Kansas City Chiefs defense during the team's 24-3 win over quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets.

It's a day you'll always remember.

The Chiefs held Fitzpatrick, who was the AFC's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, to complete just 20 of 44 for 188 yards with six interceptions, which resulted in a quarterback rating of 18.2.

Fitzpatrick had twice as many interceptions (six) as the Jets had points (3), and completed more passes to Chiefs defenders (six) than he did to his top two receiving targets, Brandon Marshall (three catches for 27 yards) and Eric Decker (one catch for 31 yards).

"There was pressure on them," Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained after the game. "Guys were getting their hands on the ball and we were able to disguise coverages. [Fitzpatrick] is a smart kid with a lot of experience. We've had some go-rounds with him here before, so I thought our guys did a good job with keeping him uneasy there."

The six interceptions ties the record for most interceptions thrown by an opposing quarterback in franchise history, matching the mark set by former San Diego Chargers quarterback John Hadl back on December 8, 1968.

It marks the most turnovers in a single game since the team had eight in a 31-17 win at Oakland back on October 5, 1980.

"That doesn't happen every day, that's for sure," quarterback Alex Smith said after the game. "Just an absolute dominant performance by the defensive side."

Postgame facts and stats from the Chiefs Week 3 victory over the New York Jets

The turnover party was started by none other than second-year cornerback Marcus Peters, who is putting together an impressive follow-up season to his NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign a year ago.

Peters finished with two interceptions on Sunday, giving him a league-leading four on the season.

"He's so special man," veteran safety Eric Berry explained after the game. "I wish you all could see his work ethic. I wish you could hear him talk because he doesn't talk much about the picks. He talks a lot about his technique and just trying to get better every day.

"Whether it's in the film room, weight room, or on the field. He pushes himself and he pushes us as a group."

After the game, Reid was asked about his young standout defensive playmaker.

"He's got great instincts," Reid said of Peters. "All the guys know that. They respect the job that he's done since he's been here. He's a good football player – heady football player. Does he take some chances sometimes? Yeah he does, but he's got a short memory, which you've got to have there. He gets right back on it and nothing gets him down."

Reid was particularly impressed with how Peters handled the challenge on Sunday of going up against the likes of Marshall, Decker and the NFL's fourth-ranked offense (416.5 yards per game). 

"He didn't shy away from anybody," Reid added. "They have some good receivers on that team, but he's not going to back down at all from that."

"Eventually, they are going to have to stop throwing to his side or he is going to have 100 interceptions," veteran Derrick Johnson said of Peters after the game. "He is the ultimate competitor and wants to get better. He is harder on himself than anybody else. That is the best thing to like about him, as a young player. He doesn't let anything slide.

"I'm glad he's on my team."

Johnson got in on the action himself when he recorded the 14th interception of his career and first of this season when he picked off Fitzpatrick late in the fourth quarter, returning it 55 yards for a game-sealing touchdown. It is the fourth interception Johnson has returned for a touchdown in his career. He also led the team with 11 tackles (9 solo) and two passes defended.

It's the fourth time under Reid and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton that the Chiefs have held an opponent to 3 points or less, and much of that can be attributed to the success in the red zone.

Coming into the game, the Chiefs defense ranked No. 4 in the NFL by allowing touchdowns just 33 percent of the time that an opposing offense got inside the red zone.

On Sunday, the Chiefs defense didn't allow the Jets to score a touchdown on any of their four red zone trips. 

"When they get down close to the goal line, we feel they've got to earn it," Berry added after the game. "So we're going to push it all the way down to third and fourth down until we get the ball or they have to kick a field goal. "When things are happening like they did today, you enjoy it," Peters said after the game. "You embrace the opportunities you have, you capitalize on them and you have fun doing it."

The Chiefs defense seemed to be having plenty of fun on Sunday.

Along with Peters' two and Johnson's pick-six, Berry, rookie D.J. White and safety Daniel Sorensen all grabbed interceptions for the Chiefs as well.

It was a day to remember.

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