NFL · Thu (11/10) @ 8:15pm ET
|Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina|
We have another matchup with two of the worst defenses in the NFL. Usually, a Monday Night Game featuring the Kansas City Chiefs is exciting, but not so much this year, especially when they are up against the New York Giants. NFL betting odds have the Chiefs a 10.5-point favorite.
Chiefs are 27th in the league allowing points, the Giants are 25th allowing 25.7 points. So, they are slightly better than the Chiefs in that department. The good news for Kansas City is that Patrick Mahomes is cleared to play after suffering a concussion scare on Sunday against the Titans.
Giants Game Preview (2-5)
The Giants are coming off a win beating the Carolina Panthers 25-3. But the team’s stats weren’t that impressive. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 203 yards and one touchdown. And Devontae Booker led the team in rushing with only 51 yards, but a touchdown.
Saquon Barkley is expected to miss Monday night’s game and Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Sterling Shepard are all also questionable. This is good news for the Chiefs’ defense. They might actually be able to keep points off the board due to the Giants’ less than mediocre offense, which is averaging 19.9 points. Jones has only thrown five touchdowns this season…with four interceptions.
As for the Giants’ defense, they shouldn’t be much of a threat to the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs’ offensive line seems to be struggling, just like the Panthers’ offensive line was on Sunday. The Giants were able to get to the quarterback six times, which could mean trouble for Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs Game Preview (3-4)
The Chiefs had another devastating loss, losing 27 to 3 against the Tennessee Titans. The issue wasn’t just the defense. It was turnovers, dropped balls, no offensive line, and Mahomes making bad decisions. The offense couldn’t even score a touchdown. It was like the Super Bowl all over again.
The game was 27 to 0 at the half and pretty much over at that point. The defense did step up in the second half to prevent the Titans from scoring again. They also limited Derrick Henry to only 86 rushing yards. But he did throw a touchdown. The defense couldn’t stop A.J. Brown though, who had 133 receiving yards and one TD. Chris Jones and Frank Clark were back on the roster, but they didn’t do much in Week 7, with the defense getting to the quarterback only once.
Even though the defense put a stop to the Titans scoring, they couldn’t do anything on the offensive side but put up three points. Patrick Mahomes threw for 206 yards, zero touchdowns, and ONE interception. He did get hit hard in the fourth quarter and was taken out for concussion protocol. Chad Henne came in and went 11 for 16 with 82 yards. Mahomes is reporting to be fine and will be playing Monday.
Mahomes’ weapons also didn’t step up. Tyreek Hill had only 18 rushing yards and 49 receiving yards. In fact, Mahomes led the team in rushing with 35. The offense had a total of three turnovers.
The Monday Night Game will come down to if the Chiefs defense can stop a not-so-hot offense. And if the Chiefs’ offense can score on a terrible defense. The Chiefs SHOULD win this game but with the Chiefs this season, who knows.
What Is Going On With The Chiefs?
There is no denying that the Chiefs are struggling everywhere. It does start with the defense, which is awful and allows over 41 percent of their defensive plays to result in a first down. They are also allowing the most yards per drive.
Next is the offensive line. After all of the time and money spent on revamping the o-line, there isn’t much improvement. It seems like Mahomes has no time and is under a lot of pressure, plus he is taking some pretty big hits. Then, when he does make the throws, the receivers are dropping them.
Mahomes isn’t producing at a high level like usual. He is hitting career lows game after game and making several mental errors. The team keeps saying they recognize the issues, but they aren’t fixing them.
Even Coach Reid stated he is “seeing things he has never seen before”. What can help the Chiefs? They need to go back to playing basic football. Eliminating silly mistakes and turnovers. In just seven games, the Chiefs have managed to turn over the ball 17 times, the worst ever under Reid.