New York Giants Looking for Back-to-Back Wins
New York started the season off 1-5 but put together easily their best complete-game performance in their win over the Panthers at home. The Giants now look to go on the road and put together a second straight victory. On the year, the Giants are 13th in the league in passing offense as they average 260.6 yards per game through the air and 26th in rushing offense as they grind out 91.7 yards per contest on the ground. New York is 25th in the league in scoring offense as they average 19.9 points per game this season while they stand 23rd in scoring defense by allowing 25.7 points per contest. Daniel Jones has completed 153 of 241 passes for 1,727 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions while leading the team with 229 yards and two scores on the ground. Mike Glennon is 16 of 25 passing for 196 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his limited action. Saquon Barkley contributes 54 carries for 195 yards plus two scores while Devontae Booker adds 49 carries for 156 yards and two scores. Sterling Shepard leads the team with 28 receptions for 299 yards plus a score on the year. Kadarius Toney (23 catches, team-high 317 yards), Kenny Golladay (17 grabs, 282 yards), Darius Slayton (12 catches, 190 yards, TD), and Evan Engram (20 catches, 171 yards) are each over the 150-yard receiving mark on the season. Graham Gano has hit all eight extra-point attempts and 15 of 17 field-goal attempts with a long of 55 this season.
Can the Kansas City Chiefs Turn Things Around
Kansas City won their season opener but has dropped four of their previous six games after getting pasted by the Titans on the road in their previous contest. The Chiefs fell to 3-4 on the season and are in the basement of the AFC West, which is uncharted territory for the two-time defending AFC champions. Against Tennessee, Kansas City found themselves down 14-0 after the opening quarter and 27-0 at the half. The Chiefs never posed a threat and failed to score a touchdown in the contest. Kansas City was outgained 369-334 in total offense, gave up 24 first downs while picking up 22, and lost the time of possession by a 36:21 to 23:39 margin. The Chiefs also turned the ball over three times while forcing only one takeaway in the contest.
On the season, the Chiefs are fourth in the league in passing offense with an average of 301.1 yards per contest this season. Kansas City stands 14th in the league in rushing offense as they grind out 118.1 yards per game on the year. The Chiefs are eighth in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 26.9 points per contest. Kansas City stands 27th in scoring defense by allowing 29 points a game this year. Patrick Mahomes is the signal-caller for the Chiefs and he’s completed 187 of 277 passes for 2,093 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He’s second on the team in rushing with 219 yards plus a score this season. Chad Henne is 11 of 16 for 82 yards. In the run game, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been the feature back with 65 carries for 304 yards this season. Darrel Williams contributes 52 carries for 181 yards and four scores this season. There is no shortage in targets in the passing game, highlighted by Travis Kelce’s 45 receptions for 533 yards and four scores this season. Tyreek Hill (52 catches, 641 yards, five TD), Mecole Hardman (30 grabs, 289 yards, TD), and Byron Pringle (17 catches, 243 yards, two TD) all have at least 200 receiving yards on the year. Harrison Butker has hit all 23 extra-point attempts and seven of eight field-goal attempts with a long of 54 this season.
Pick of the Game
New York comes in off a win last week in their best showing of the season but they face a tougher challenge defensively in this contest. The Giants were solid against the Panthers but the Chiefs are light years better offensively than New York this season. Mahomes is due to bounce back after a rough stretch where the Chiefs have been turning the ball over at a ridiculous rate. Not seen since he became the starter behind center. Kansas City is at home, where they play much better than they do on the road. New York is just 1-2 on the road this season though they have covered two of their three contests. Kansas City is 1-2 at home and have failed to cover in any of their three contests at Arrowhead Stadium this season. That trend continues but I will recommend buying a point to cover the 10 points spread.