Beyond the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs outplayed the Giants, they simply looked awful in every phase of their game. The offense was an abomination, finishing the day going 1-for-14 on third downs and blowing numerous chances to swing the momentum back in their favor. Similar to last week, the Giants’ defense kept their team in the game for as long as they could, but they gave up big plays down the stretch.
Even worse, after the first quarter, the Giants’ special teams were horrendous.
The first point that must be addressed is the Giants’ anemic offense. With the exception of a 69-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz, the Giants continued their run of poor offensive performances. As noted, the devastating statistic is going 1-for-14 on third down conversions. It doesn’t matter what team the Giants go up against — converting only one third down is unacceptable.
Yet, one of the other equally disturbing aspects of the Giants’ offense is their inability to capitalize on turnovers. For instance, Alex Smith threw two interceptions, but the Giants went three and out after each pick. In the second quarter, Rodney Hudson fumbled the ball on the Giants’ 32-yard line. However, three plays later, the Giants were forced to punt.
Last week, the Giants could put the blame solely on their offensive line for their inefficiencies. This week, everyone on the offense should be held responsible for what occurred on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. This includes Manning, who was under siege at certain points in the game but had numerous opportunities to be the difference-maker.
He’s clearly not on the same page with Hakeem Nicks, who was targeted nine times but only had three catches for 33 yards. One of those missed passes from was in the third quarter when Manning tried to throw a deep pass to Nicks but it soared over the head of its intended receiver and was intercepted by Quintin Demps. The pass was so off target that the camera didn’t have Nicks in the frame until Demps started to return the interception.
While the Giants’ offense was atrocious, their defense also struggled. Even though the defense kept the Giants in the game through the first half, it was the second half that proved to be the difference-maker. With the Giants’ offense struggling, the defense had to continue to find a way to make big stops. With the score 17-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Giants still had a chance at coming back into the game.
The first Chiefs drive of the fourth quarter destroyed that chance, with the Giants’ defense allowing the home team to go 80 yards off 14 plays for a touchdown.
Clearly, the defense was exhausted from their efforts in the first three quarters, but that doesn’t excuse giving up a fourth-down penalty that allowed the Chiefs to negate their field goal and get an automatic first down. That penalty brought the Chiefs to the Giants’ 35 yard line and it took six more plays for the Chiefs to put the nail in the coffin.
The simple reason why the Giants’ defense could not survive the onslaught from the Chiefs is due to their lack of depth on the defensive line.
Finally, the Giants’ special teams shouldn’t show up to next week’s home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. For the second time in two games, Josh Brown missed a critical field goal. With seconds left in the first half, after Manning moved the offense down field in order to get into field goal range, Brown missed a 44-yard field goal that would’ve tied the game at 10-10.
At the end of the third quarter, with the Giants only losing 10-7, Steve Weatherford punted right down the middle of the field, and it was returned 89 yards for a touchdown.
With the Giants losing 31-7, they are now 0-4 for the first time since 1987. Starting next week against the Eagles, every game is a must-win.