Week 11 Tale Of The Tape: Kansas City Chiefs At New York Giants
- QuarterbackThe Chiefs have lost three of their last four games, but this team does not seem like it is in trouble. Alex Smith is having a brilliant year while completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,444 yards with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. Smith has been challenging opposing defenses by throwing more medium- and long-range passes than he has in the past.The Giants have been going through a disastrous year and it’s difficult to see head coach Ben McAdoo making it past Black Monday because of the mounting losses and the seeming lack of effort that fans see on an every-week basis. Eli Manning does not have bad numbers as he is completing 64.6 percent of his passes and has a 14-6 TD-interception ratio, but he can’t get New York back on track.
- OffenseThe Chiefs have improved dramatically this season, and much of that is due to big-play makers Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill. Hunt has rushed for 800 yards with eight runs of 20 yards or more and 32 receptions. Hill may be the fastest player in the league and his ability to get deep and make key catches is often the difference. Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the league.The Giants have not had much of a running game this year. They defeated the Denver Broncos the only time Orleans Darkwa was able to provide a hard-hitting and effective ground game. The Giants’ offensive production has dried up as a result of injuries to Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, and that’s indicative of a team that is looking forward to the end of the season.
- DefenseThe Chiefs have a couple of outstanding defensive players in outside backer Justin Houston and CB Marcus Peters, but the team has not been effective on the defensive end as it ranks 30th in yards allowed. Houston is an effective pass rusher with 7.5 sacks and four passes batted down, while Peters has three interceptions and eight passes defensed along with two forced fumbles.The Giants’ dramatic turnaround on defense last year may have been nothing but a fluke, as they rank 31st in yards allowed this year. The secondary has been brutal because coverage has been lax, while the tackling has been even worse. SS Landon Collins has 56 tackles to lead the team but he can’t do it by himself. Jason Pierre-Paul has a team-high 4.5 sacks.
- Special TeamsThe Chiefs are capable of taking over any game as a result of their big-play ability on special teams as Hill is an explosive punt returner who has brought one punt back for a TD. PK Harrison Butker has made 19 of 20 FG attempts, while Dustin Colquitt has dropped 18 of his punts inside the 20.The Giants have been awful on special teams, and it begins with Dwayne Harris, who struggles to hold onto the ball when fielding punts. Rookie Aldrick Rosas is struggling, having made 10 of 15 FG attempts. Brad Wing’s 36.0 net-yard punting average is brutal.
It would take a near-miracle for the Giants to come up with the win here, because it looks like they have quit on the season.