Turnovers doom Jets in loss to Chiefs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer

The Kansas City Chiefs re­turned two turnovers for touch­downs, in­ter­cepted three passes in the end zone and forced eight turnovers to­tal in a 24-3 vic­tory over the hap­less New York Jets on Sun­day.

Mar­cus Peters had two of the picks for the Chiefs (2-1), in­clud­ing the first of four off the Jets’ Ryan Fitz­patrick in the fourth quar­ter. Daniel Soren­son had an­other, Der­rick John­son re­turned his 55 yards for a touch­down, and D.J. White snagged his in the end zone with 1:54 left in the game.

The eight turnovers were the most by the Jets (1-2) since they set a fran­chise record with 10 in a loss to the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots on Nov. 21, 1976.

Alex Smith was 25 of 33 for 237 yards and a touch­down for

Kansas City, while Spencer Ware added 75 yards rush­ing. But it was the per­for­mance of the de­fense — and all those Jets turnovers — that helped the Chiefs bounced back from their first reg­u­lar-sea­son de­feat in 12 games.

Eric Berry picked off a pass in the end zone late in the third quar­ter, and a fum­bled kick re­turn by the

Jets’ Jalin Mar­shall was re­turned 27 yards by Demetrius Har­ris for an­other score.

Fitz­patrick was dis­mal a week af­ter torch­ing Buf­falo, go­ing 20 of 44 for 188 yards. His six picks were a ca­reer high, sur­pass­ing the five that he threw for St. Louis against Min­nesota in 2005, and tied a fran­chise record.

The Jets’ Matt Forte, who scored three times against the Bills, was held to just 65 yards rush­ing.

Not that the Chiefs were

in­fal­li­ble.

They ap­peared to take a 24-3 lead in the third quar­ter when Ware stretched the ball into the py­lon for a touch­down.

But the of­fi­cials re­viewed the play and saw the ball begin­ning to come out, and de­cided that it was a fum­ble re­sult­ing in a touch­back for New York.

The Chiefs also were stuffed on fourth-and­inches at the Jets 39 early in the fourth quar­ter.

TURNOVER TROU­BLE

Things could have been worse for New York. Berry and Soren­son dropped picks be­fore Soren­son hauled in his, and Fitz­patrick fell on his own fum­ble ear­lier in the game.

PETERS A ‘PICKER

It was the sec­ond straight two-in­ter­cep­tion day for Peters, who has quickly be­come one of the league’s top cor­ner­backs. He had eight as a rookie in the reg­u­lar sea­son a year ago.

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