The Chiefs will play their final interconference matchup of the season, as they head to the Big Apple to face a very disappointing New York Giants team. The Giants were in the conversation to make it back to the playoffs this season with a strong defense and an offense that attacks non stop. But coming into this game, the Giants are just 1-8 and most of their star players are either injured or have been unproductive. The Chiefs are doing everything to not take this Giants team lightly and they hope that a win here can start a hot stretch going into the final stanza of the regular season.
Bye Week Power
The Chiefs didn’t play terrible in Dallas, but a regroup was much needed in the middle part of the season. The Chiefs bye week couldn’t have come at a better time as the Chiefs had lost three of the last four and faced a grueling schedule. Since Andy Reid and Alex Smith came to Kansas City, the Chiefs have had pure dominance going 3-1 and winning three straight following the bye. Also, Andy Reid currently boasts the highest winning percentage of all active head coaches following a bye, with a .889 percentage. He is 16-2 in his head coaching career after a bye. What’s Reid’s secret? Knowing how vocal Reid is, we will probably never find out.
The main headlines surrounding the Giants right now is the status of second year head coach Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was brought in last year to basically re energize Eli Manning late in his career. It helped, but now the Giants are back to where they were a couple of years ago. Some are questioning if McAdoo is maybe just a good offensive coordinator, and not capable of being a head coach in the NFL. McAdoo was a former offensive coach in Green Bay as well, and got a lot of credit when Aaron Rodgers began leading the Packers offense. Also, the very talented Giants secondary just looks like they have packed it in for the season. The defense has been torn apart, as players have been calling out each other to step up. No surprise that there is frustration, but it just seems like there is nothing the Giants defense can really do at this point.
KC Runs Through Kelce
Travis Kelce is discussed as being the best tight end in football. He blocks well, but also is dangerous in open space and is typically reliable. Obviously, Kelce has huge games when the Chiefs continue to get him the ball. But also, the aforementioned Giants defense has been just ridiculously bad against tight ends. Entering Sunday against the Chiefs, the Giants have allowed a touchdown to tight ends in ten straight games, which is a new NFL record. Kelce will be looking to get into the end zone again, as he is a touchdown in three straight games. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs call plays early. Will they be balanced or go after this dismantled Giants secondary?
Dee Ford, Allen Bailey, Tamba Hali are all out for the Chiefs in this game as they are battling injuries. Luckily, Justin Houston will be playing and the Giants will be without veteran offensive lineman Justin Pugh. Offensively, the only starter that will be out for this game will be wide receiver Albert Wilson. Besides Kelce, look out for a bounce back type of game for rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt did not get very many run chances last week, so you know he will have a good chance to break one on Sunday.
Braden Holecek covers the Chiefs on cover32.