Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 12/11/11

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets stands on the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
OK, green folks. Let's hear the chorus: "J-E-T-S! Jets, Jets, Jets!" It was great fun for Rex Ryan's troops Sunday -- pretty much humiliating Kansas City 37-10, bumping their record 8-5 and staying right in the thick of the AFC playoff race. "I thought our team played well," Ryan said, in a remarkably muted assessment. "I feel great about our offense. The yards weren't great, but we were five-for-five in the money zone. I thought the defensive was impressive. "I guess it would be our best game so far this year." Meanwhile, though, there was a gruesome question on the other side of the rout: Have the once-proud Chiefs ever been as bad as this? Seriously...ever? The final score at MetLife Stadium sounds one-sided, but not absurd. What happened, though especially in an unbelievable first half when the issue was settled beyond doubt almost defied description. Yes, the Jets were good. They dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides, and kept the tough Kansas City defense off stride with a series of screens and misdirection plays. But still... To say the Chiefs embarrassed themselves would be understating the case. In that first half, which saw the Jets race off to 28-3 lead without breaking much of a sweat, the Chiefs managed exactly FOUR yards of total offense making the word "total" almost laughable and were held to one first down. On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs gave up 253 yards through two quarters with blown coverages, bad tackling and every other gaffe you can imagine. Chiefs coach Todd Haley, who isn't quite old enough to speak for his team's entire half-century history, did acknowledge that the first half was hard to fathom. "It was our worst half of football this season, and it wasn't even close," Haley said. "When you can't get a first down, and you can't stop the other team from making first downs, it's not going to be good." Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez scored the first of his two rushing TDs on a bootleg that was so open, beefy coach Rex Ryan probably could have waddled in untouched. With his Jets now 8-5 and running back Shonn Greene (24 carries, 129 yards, 5 catches for 58) finally ripping through defenders with no apparent hangover from his rib injury, Ryan had lots of reasons to enjoy the afternoon. Sanchez was 13 of 21 for 181 yards, with a startling 125 yards of that total coming on throws to his running backs. The Jets rambled 76 yards on the first drive of the game, a march that started with Greene breaking two or three tackles on a 28-yard run. Sanchez' bootleg capped that drive, and after Kansas City got a 53-yard field goal from Ryan Succop to make it 7-3, the stadium fell on the Chiefs. An interception set up a 4-yard TD pass from Sanchez to Santonio Holmes in the back of the end zone for 14-3. Then it got ugly. Greene knocked over safety Brandon Carr at the end of a 7-yard scoring rumble, and LaDanian Tomlinson turned back the clock with a couple of nifty moves on 19-yard screen to put the game out of reach at 28-3. One of the most obvious mismatches involved the Jets' oft-maligned offensive line, which dominated the Chiefs from the very first snap opening holes, protecting Sanchez and getting downfield to throw key blocks on successful screen plays. What were they doing so differently? "There have been a couple of tweaks here and there," left guard Matt Slauson said. "But it's just been everybody coming together and getting the timing down, which was a little more difficult with the lack of an off season." Amid the Chiefs' mistakes and utter failure to execute, the Jets produced a minor bit of history. It had been 10 years since the Jets scored 28 points in any first half. The Jets' early experience wasn't quite perfect, however, as they may have lost safety Jim Leonhard to a season-ending injury. The seven-year vet will have an MRI on Monday, but the Jets fear the worst. Leonhard's knee was violently twisted, seconds after he intercepted a Tayler Palko pass in the first quarter. The Chiefs' total meltdown eventually got to Haley, who was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct during a New York drive that was littered with penalties including Kendrick Lewis being called for pass interference in the end zone. Sanchez made it 35-3 on a quarterback draw one play later, and the rest was merely garbage time. Talk about ridiculous... That 90-yard Jets drive included 81 yards of penalties against the Chiefs and that's not a misprint. The game eventually bordered on hilarious at some points. After the Chiefs scored their lone touchdown late in the game on a pass from Palko to Jerheme Urban, Succop tried an onside kick and darn near whiffed it with the ball dribbling precisely 3 12 yards. Then there was the game's last score, when the entire Jets defensive line buried helpless running back Jackie Battle for a safety. Even the Jets chipped in with some nonsense, being forced to use a time out before running the first play of the game. "That one won't go on anyone's coaching resume," joked Ryan. Palko had another dreadful game, although his numbers weren't dreadful 16 of 32 for 195 yards with a TD and Leonhard's pick but he managed only 11 yards passing in the first half, and his indecision helped get him sacked five times. Haley said he and his staff considered replacing Palko with rookie Ricky Stanzi, who has not played a minute in the regular season. "We talked about it," Haley said. "Where the game was, we didn't think that would be a good position to put Ricky in." The Chiefs now have gone six straight games without scoring more than 10 points. "We didn't get it done," said Chiefs running back Thomas Jones, a former Jet who couldn't have enjoyed getting pummeled by his old mates. "We made mistakes, had a lot of penalties and didn't do what we were supposed to do." Given this performance, it's almost hilarious that Haley insisted before the game that the Chiefs (5-8) were still alive in the AFC West race. To steal that famous line from former Saints coach Jim Mora Sr., "Playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?" Serious discussion of the postseason is now appropriate for the Jets, however. There was good news on that front elsewhere, too Houston's rally to defeat Cincinnati meant that the Bengals fell to 7-6, a game behind the Jets for the last wild-card spot in the AFC. Ryan has been predictably upbeat about the postseason, assuming the Jets get there. "Hey, we're not in the playoffs yet," Ryan said. "But if we get in the playoffs, they're gonna be talking about four teams. "I mean, if we get in, how can you not talk about us? We can beat all those teams. If we get in, look out."
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