Sunday’s game against the New York Giants couldn’t be a much better matchup on paper for the Kansas City Chiefs. All of the Giants’ weaknesses so far this season pair up perfectly with strengths the Chiefs have displayed.
The Kansas City defense should have an opportunity to really shine in this game. The Giants lead the league in giving the ball away with 11 turnovers and the Chiefs are third in the NFL at taking the ball away with nine turnovers forced.
The Kansas City defense ranks fifth in the NFL against the pass and New York is throwing the ball more than twice as much as they are running the ball. The Chiefs also lead the NFL in sacks with 15 and the Giants have given up the second most sacks in the league at 11. The defensive side isn’t the only place where this game looks like a cake walk for the Chiefs though.
This is also a great situation for Kansas City head coach Andy Reid’s pass-first offense and quarterback Alex Smith. The Giants rank 16th against the pass and have allowed the most points in the NFL. New York has recorded a mere three sacks in three games and the Giants’ opponents so far are completing over 68% of their passes. Smith may have his best game of the season so far against New York.
The Kansas City offense has an even better opportunity in the running game. The Giants are giving up nearly 130 rushing yards per game so far this season, placing them at 26th in the NFL in that category. Overall, this game presents an opportunity for the Chiefs’ offense, which has looked unimpressive a lot of times this season, to put on somewhat of a display.
The only real danger in this game for Kansas City is that desperation is a great motivator. The Giants want to avoid starting the season 0-4, as doing so is almost certainly a death blow to their playoff hopes. Reid must ensure that his team has not become complacent with their 3-0 start.
As long as the Chiefs continue to execute at a high level on defense and take care of the ball on offense starting out the season 4-0 should be the result of Sunday’s contest in Arrowhead.
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