Kansas City Chiefs Size Up New York Giants
The Kansas City Chiefs are standing tall after beginning the 2013 campaign 3-0, with two of those early-season wins coming on the road. It’s well documented that road wins in the NFL don’t come easy, but the Chiefs have made it look that way by outscoring their opponents away from Arrowhead Stadium 54-18.
The New York Giants recognize those numbers as well. They have scored 54 points this entire season for a per game average of 18. They are 0-3 and play a second consecutive road game in Kansas City on Sunday.
Let’s look down at 2007, when the Giants started the season 0-2 and were faced with what fans considered a must-win away from East Rutherford.It wasn’t pretty. Eli Manning threw two interceptions and lost a fumble that day, but New York won against the Washington Redskins.
They beat a divisional foe in their own house with three turnovers. They went on to win six straight and nine of the remaining 13. The Giants made the playoffs as a Wild Card that year. They went on to make history.
New York won in Tampa Bay, in Dallas and in Green Bay to get to Super Bowl XLII. They then pulled off an upset over the undefeated New England Patriots in Phoenix to become champions. In the process, they became the first NFC Wild Card team to ever win the Super Bowl, and set a new NFL record for most consecutive road wins with 11.
At eye level, Kansas City is better in every major statistical category excepting total yards and passing yards. This would make sense considering the Giants have been playing from behind and throwing the ball, while the Chiefs have been running the clock out of opposing team’s stadiums.
Kansas City is standing three rungs higher on this season’s ladder than New York is, but they better not be admiring the view from above. There’s a giant coming to town.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook