Alex Smith hits back-to-back touchdowns to Tyreek Hill

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The Kansas City Chiefs are 6-5 and in first place in the AFC West entering their Week 13 matchup against the New York Jets. The Chiefs just haven't shed blocks quickly enough or tackled well enough for anyone's taste in this game. And there's plenty of blame to go around for it.

Smith now sits as Week 13's best fantasy quarterback with 37.64 FanDuel points on Sunday. The two Jets wide receivers combined for 264 yards and 17 receptions of QB Josh McCown's 26 completions and 331 yards. The offense focused on getting tight end Travis Kelce into mismatches in coverage, and Smith was able to connect with him on two touchdown passes of 22 and 36 yards. Alex Smith was an MVP candidate through the first five weeks of the season but he's been horrendous of late. Whether it was the turning over of offensive play calling duties from head coach Andy Reid to coordinator Matt Nagy, or simply a case of improved confidence, Smith generated some big offensive plays.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Chiefs are 3-point road favorites to beat the Jets, who opened as 4-point home underdogs. But both came in Kansas City's first 15 snaps.

NY converted 13 of 20 third downs, controlled the clock for 42:49 and didn't allow a sack while making Kansas City's best pass-rusher an afterthought by holding outside linebacker Justin Houston without a tackle. Peters was also penalized and then left the playing field, escorted by a Chiefs' security officer.

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Coach Todd Bowles speaks after the Jets 35-27 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. But officials threw a flag for defensive holding, which was the third key penalty of the drive against the Chiefs. Nelson was at it again after McCown scored on a one-yard sneak, committing the same infraction on Seferian-Jenkins during the subsequent two-point conversion attempt.

Making matters even more unusual is that Peters walked off the field in disgust despite not actually being ejected.

The problem: He wasn't. Peters was not ejected, but thought he was and headed straight to the locker room - before returning later without his socks.

The scene provided an appropriate metaphor of a team being stripped of its Super Bowl hopes. ESPN's analytics department gives Kansas City a 66 percent chance of doing so despite its ongoing struggles.

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