The New York Giants come off their third-straight loss to start the season and now must face an AFC West foe that’s made mincemeat of the NFC East in the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs, who have already knocked off the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.
Week 4 Schedule: New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
TV Info (ET): 1 p.m. on FOX
Predicted Spread: Chiefs -6.5 (Actual: Chiefs -4.5)
The schedule-makers seemingly did the Giants a favor by sending New York to its second home at Jerry World Week 1 and to the struggling Carolina Panthers Week 3, but that’s ended not to be the case at all after a 38-0 drubbing. Week 3. Add the tough meat in that sandwich with the Denver Broncos in Week 2 and this squad’s spiraling. New York will hope for the Eli Manning from Week 1 and the first half of Week 2 as they face an old foe in Andy Reid. How the trio of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle fares against Brandon Flowers and Co. should go a long way in helping the cause.
That KC defense gave a fantastic performance in making Michael Vick look silly in Thursday night’s win over Philly. This unit more or less cut off the head (DeSean Jackson) and watched Vick flounder when targeting his other options. New York’s pass offense is a three-headed monster that turns to four when Brandon Myers gets involved — and five (!) when Tom Coughlin shows some sense and utilizes David Wilson out of the backfield. Methodically controlling the ball on offense also helps this effort. Alex Smith‘s dink-all-day throwing and the prolific Jamaal Charles‘ have squeezed just enough second-half possession to help the Chiefs survive the past two weeks.
Key Matchup: Will Beatty and Justin Pugh vs. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston
Houston’s three-sack abuse of Eagles rookie first-round right tackle Lane Johnson had to get the attention of Pugh, the Giants’ rookie first-round right tackle. Pugh has had an uneven start to his career while Beatty was stellar in 2012 before falling off a cliff so far in 2013, and which way this edge battle goes will be key for New York — after protecting Eli pitifully the past couple weeks.
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