He was drafted with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played in over 100 games for the New York Jets and is third in the franchise’s history with 25 interceptions. While Darrelle Revis’ career will always be looked upon as Hall-of-Fame worthy (especially with the Jets), the 32-year-old cornerback was unemployed up until two weeks ago when Andy Reid and the Chiefs were desperately looking for solutions to solve their porous defense that ranks 28th against the pass and 27th overall. After signing a two year, 13.5 million dollar deal, Revis will make his first appearance with Kansas City against his former team.
Both the Jets and the Chiefs come into this game sporting heavy struggles over the past month. After starting the season 5-0, the Chiefs have dropped five of their last six contests. A start that many believed would give the Chiefs a blow-away victory in the AFC West has now turned into a division race that may very well come down to the last week of the season. Meanwhile the Jets have already exceeded many people’s expectations this season, but continue to disappoint fans late in games. Gang Green has dropped five of their last six games after starting the season 3-2. Both teams have struggled down the stretch, especially when it has come to different facets on the defensive side of the ball.
While the young New York Jets defense has impressed many fans, there have been problems with the unit as of late. The Jets currently have the 26th ranked defense against the run. Last week against Cam Newton and the Panthers, the Jets gave up 145 yards on the ground. The Chiefs have their own bell-cow at running-back in rookie, Kareem Hunt. Since taking the league by storm in the first couple of weeks, Hunt’s productivity has dipped but the rookie is still second in the NFL in rushing so far this season. Jets Head Coach, Todd Bowles believes it isn’t just Hunt they have to worry about however.
“There is a lot of speed on offense. They have a very accurate passer. Some very good running backs and a very good offensive line. We expect to get the best Kansas City team. We just know that they are very dangerous and a very good football team.”
On the Chiefs side, a once dominant defense has been decimated by the injury bug in 2017. The loss of Safety, Eric Berry has given way to a secondary that has been shelled for the past two months. Bringing in Revis, might solve their problems according to Bowles.
” Obviously they (Chiefs) saw enough of him (Revis) to bring him in and sign him and have him play. He has been working hard. You can never count out a Pro Bowler, and one of the all-time greats.”
Revis and the Chiefs will battle the Jets at Metlife Stadium at 1:00pm Sunday.
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