TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Weather: Low 56, High 75
Line: Kansas City (-4.5)
Entering the 2013 season, the Kansas City Chiefs were not expected to have the scorching-hot start that they’ve had. Alex Smith and Andy Reid have been the two main additions that have turned this team around. In 2012, the Chiefs finished 2-14, but this season they are 3-0 — already with more wins through three weeks than they had in an entire season last year. Smith won’t blow you away with his numbers, but he’s a consistent 64-105 passing with 669 yards and four touchdowns. Smith is so reliable, in fact, that he has thrown just 10 interceptions in his last 30 games as a starting quarterback. Jamaal Charles leads the run game with 224 yards and two touchdowns while coming in as the team’s second-leading receiver with 18 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
On the other side of the field, the New York Giants were expected to contend for the NFC East, but after an 0-3 start, many people are talking about the season being nearly finished. Yes, through three games. However, there are some things on offense that can be easily correctable to turn things around for this team. The turnovers are a big problem and Eli Manning has thrown far too many interceptions for his own good. If they can eliminate these costly turnovers, they can come back and contend for a division title. Besides the numerous turnovers, Manning has 931 yards and five touchdown passes through three games. Victor Cruz is assisting Manning and the pass game with his 16 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns while Hakeem Nicks is also contributing heavily with nine catches for 197 yards.
Defensively, the Giants have allowed the most points in the league. They have even allowed 105 points after the first quarter — which would still be good for most points in the league. Allowing over 38 points per game will rarely get you a win in the NFL. Kansas City, on the other hand, has one of the best defenses out there, allowing the ninth-least amount of yards per game while allowing the third-least points per game. Manning could be in for another long day.
PREDICTION: Giants 21, Chiefs 17