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Chiefs Vs. Giants Pre Game Gab

Chiefs vs Giants
There are two schools of thought when you start out 0-3 and have played as bad as the Chiefs, 1. You might challenge the Detroit Lions for worst record in the history of the NFL. 2. You have hit rock bottom and things can only improve from here. Undoubtedly the Chiefs are hoping for the latter and they will get there chance to start their upward swing this week as the Giants come to Arrowhead for a noon showdown with the Chiefs. A win against the Giants perhaps the best team in the NFC would give the Chiefs renewed hope on the season despite the fact only five teams I the history of the NFL have started 0-3 and made the playoffs. A loss and the Chiefs will be 0-4 and will already be playing for next season in October.

No doubt the Giants will be a tough opponent and they are just as balanced as they are tough, the Giants rank 2nd in total defense headlined by the best defensive line in football and rank 6th in total offense headlined by former #1 overall pick and former Super Bowl champion Eli Manning. There are only two things that can stop the Giants from steam rolling to victory, 1. The Giants underestimate the Chiefs and look past them (unlikely seeing how the Giants just rolled a equally bad Tampa Bay team 24-0 last week)
2. The Arrowhead advantage kicks in and the Giants are unable to deal with the smell of BBQ, the best fans and the loudest stadium in the NFL.

In their pursuit to get better talent wise the Chiefs have had a revolving door at the bottom of their roster all season long this week the Chiefs signed former Arizona Cardinal tight end Leonard Pope. Pope is one of the tallest players in the NFL at 6-8 264 pounds and is considered a tight end that can get open down the middle of the field despite only having two receptions last year (he was competing for receptions with three very good receivers in Arizona). Pope should see immediate playing time against the Giants as he already knows the play book and the Chiefs will figure to use a lot of max protects against the Giants. In addition to Pope, Ryan O’Callaghan a recent Waiver wire pick up from the Patriots will make his 1st start this week marking the third consecutive week the Chiefs have trotted out a new starting right tackle in a effort to fix a very dysfunctional offensive line.

Keys to the Game

1.Control the clock/ convert third downs: Last week the Chiefs went 0-11 on third down and lost by 20 points. There is a direct correlation between those numbers if you can’t convert on third down you can’t score and the Chiefs will be punting all day long and the last thing the Chiefs want to do is give Eli Manning a lot of opportunities to pick a part a Chiefs defense that is a work in progress. To win this game the Chiefs will have to win time of possession if they can’t convert on third down they can’t win this battle.

2. Push the ball down field: The Chiefs can’t convert on third down, they can’t protect their quarterback, they can’t run the ball and Todd Haley keeps preaching that this offense has to find it’s identity. Maybe this offense’s identity will be the big play however unlikely the Chiefs will have to find a way to get some big plays against the Giants as they are to fundamentally sound for the Chiefs to beat them straight up. After spending three weeks toiling in offensive futility you can expect Todd Haley to draw up some plays with the potential for big yardage.

3.Pressure the quarterback: So far the Chiefs have three sacks on the season that puts them on pace for 16 for the season which would be a improvement over last years 10 but is still far below NFL standards. Putting pressure on the quarterback is a cascade effect, it rattles the QB, forces bad throws, increases the chance of turnovers and is a complete drive stopper most of the time. While the Giants have one of the best O-lines in football the Chiefs will have to get creative a find a way do get Eli out of his comfort zone.

Injury Report:

Chiefs:

Dwayne Bowe WR Questionable

Derrick Johnson LB Probable

Giants:

Chris Canty DT Out

Aaron Ross CB Hamstring Out

Danny Ware RB Elbow Out

Domenik Hixon WR Knee Out

Clint Sintim LB Groin Questionable

Kevin Dockery CB Hamstring Probable

Adam Koets C Ankle Probable

Kareem McKenzie T Knee Probable

Hakeem Nicks WR Foot Probable

Rich Seubert G Shoulder Probable

Justin Tuck DE Shoulder Probable

Ahmad Bradshaw RB Ankle Probable

Weather Report: Temperature at kickoff will be 61 degrees with a 12 mile per hour east south easterly breeze

Final Score: Chiefs 27 Giants 20

Call it the rule of probabilities that the Chiefs have to win eventually and the Giants have to lose eventually or say that a team as talented as the Giants just can’t take a team like the Chiefs seriously or maybe it’s the fact that the Giants played in the new Cowboy’s stadium but still have not played in a place as hostile as Arrowhead but I see the upset special of the week here. Expect the Giants to phone this one in and not bring their A game and expect a very hungry Chiefs team to take full advantage.


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