This week the 0-3 Giants go to Kansas City to face the 3-0 Chiefs. The New York Giants enter this Sunday’s game looking to get their first win of the season.
It goes without saying that this is a must win for the Giants. It is very hard for an 0-3 team to make the playoffs at the end of the season, it is almost impossible for an 0-4 team to do it. Despite the record, the Giants can still turn things around and this game is where they have to start.
The Chiefs have started the season in a good way by beating teams that they should like Jacksonville and Philadelphia. They pulled out a win in a close one against the Cowboys in week two. The Chiefs seem to be doing well under new coach Andy Reid, and Alex Smith is having a good year after being benched for Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. Kansas City will be looking to go 4-0 and continue this positive start to the season.
Surprisingly enough, the Giants are the +4 favorite going into the game on Sunday. These two teams may have opposite records but are closely matched up with each other. The matchups to watch will be both teams’ pass rush on defense. The Giants’ pass rush is still missing, but Andy Reid offenses are famous for a high percentage of passing plays. If the Giants want any hope of wining they have to get to the quarterback.
Eli Manning will also have to be on his toes. Kansas City’s pass defense is ranked 5th in the NFL. The Chiefs have been one of the better teams at rushing the pass this season, and the Giants did give up seven sacks last week. The offensive line will be the key for the Giants, they have to protect Eli.
Now in order to take some pressure off Eli, the Giants must get back to running the game. Kansas City’s run defense is ranked 25th in the league. If the Giants drop back at a high rate the Chiefs defense will have a field day. If the Giants cannot get any kind of progress made on the running game, and Eli is forced to throw more passes than he should, he might get into turnover trouble fast. The Giants must minimize the turnovers for this game on offense to have a shot
Going on the road in a must win situation is never easy. They have to go to Kansas City which has one of the louder stadiums it the NFL. The home field advantage will definitely play a factor in the game, especially if the Giants commit costly and untimely penalties. Even if the crowd noise cannot help get false starts on the Giants’ offense it will be loud enough to make communicating a challenge.
The Giants need to do much more than win this game , they have to make it a statement game. The statement they need to make is that they have not given up yet. Their backs are against the wall and they need to come out swinging . They have to regain their motivation and pride. I am sure that Kansas City might try to take the fight out of the Giants by trying for more long pass plays early in the game to set up quick scoring opportunities. Kansas City will try to make it a shootout: that kind of game plays into their dangerous pass rush. The Giants have to establish the run game and control the tempo for as much of the game as they can.
When this game is done the Giants will have their fist win of the season and will have taken a big step in saving it as well. This game will be close in the scoreboard but there will be plenty of offense to go around in this game. This game may even be decided in the fourth quarter on the last drive, and both Eli Manning and Alex Smith know how to lead last-minute drives to win. The Giants should win in the end, but it will be an entertaining match.