Scouting the Chiefs

A look ahead at Sunday's opponent, the 5-7 Chiefs:

1. The Chiefs are on their fourth season in 2011. No, really, check it out: They began 0-3, won four straight, lost four straight and won last week in Chicago. And you think the Jets are streaky?

2. KC has suffered some devastating injuries, losing QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles and S Eric Berry to season-ending injuries. Against the Bears, recently-acquired QB Kyle Orton hurt the index finger on his passing hand on his first play -- a flea-flicker at the start of the second quarter. They probably were planning to ease him slowly, eventually taking over for Tyler Palko, but that could be on hold. On Monday, coach Todd Haley didn't give an update on Orton's injury.

3. Let's get back to Palko for a moment. He committed seven turnovers in his first two starts before settling down last week against the Bears for his first NFL victory as a starter. Palko has been known to yell at his receivers and display poor body language (could you imagine if Mark Sanchez tried that in New York?), which isn't the best way to earn the respect of your teammates.

4. The Jets could get Palko after Tim Tebow and Rex Grossman in a four-week span -- not exactly Elway, Kelly and Marino in terms of pure passers.

5. The Chiefs' offense is woeful. Consider their point totals over the last five games -- 3, 10, 3, 9 and 10. Oh, by the way, that TD against the Bears? It came on a deflected Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half, their first score in 56 drives.

6. The Chiefs' top receiving weapon is Dwayne Bowe (104 targets), who probably will draw Darrelle Revis. Bowe has playmaking ability (59 catches, 868 yards, 4 TDs), but he also had five drops. As a team, the Chiefs have 20 drops, tied for 10th in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

7. Old friend Thomas Jones returns to face the Jets for the first time since they released him after the 2009 season. He was a marvelously productive runner for the Jets, and an under-rated leader, but he's on his last legs. It was an unpopular move at the time, but the Jets let him go at the right time. Jones ran for only 896 yards and a 3.7 average last season, and he's down to 325 and 3.0 this season. He's averaging 1.0 yards after contact, 52nd in the league, per ESPN Stats.

8. The Chiefs can play defense. They're well-coached and have some young, talented players. They use a 3-4 system, and they have three good LBs -- Tamba Hali (eight sacks), Derrick Johnson and rookie Justin Houston, who recorded his first three sacks last week. Houston was linked to the Jets in a lot of pre-draft speculation, but they passed on him to take DE Mo Wilkerson and Houston ended up slipping to the third round. Houston, now in an every-down role, has been one of the bright spots for the Chiefs.

9. The Chiefs' coaching staff has plenty of Jets connections. Haley began his career as a Jets assistant, and seven members of his staff are former Jets assistants or players.