New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs Matchup Preview (11/1/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs Matchup Preview (11/1/21)
Week 8 ends with a Monday Night Football matchup featuring the NFC East’s New York Giants traveling to Kansas City facing the struggling Chiefs from the AFC West. New York who is 2-5 comes off a 25-3 home victory over Carolina in week 7: their largest margin in a victory since 2012. Kansas City returns home after being dominated by the Titans 27-3 this past Sunday; they were shutout in the first half of a regular season for the first time since week 4 of the 2016 season. It was also the fewest points they were held to in a game since losing 38-3 to the Broncos on December 30, 2012.
New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds
Kansas City is listed as a 10-point home favorite. New York is 3-4 against the spread; 1-2 on the road this season. The over/under is 52.5, that number seems high especially with all the injuries to the Giants offensive skill players. The Chiefs (3-4) have lost two of three and dropped to 1-4 in the AFC this season. As a team the Chiefs have a league leading 17 turnovers which is one more than they had in the 2020 season.
Everyone wants to simply know what is wrong with the Chiefs, fortunately the defending AFC Champions have the injury depleted Giants coming to town which will be a cure for what is ailing them.
My Prediction: Chiefs 33-17, Chiefs cover, but under 52.5 points.
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Date: November 1st, 2021
Time: 8:25 PM ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
TV Coverage: ESPN
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New York Giants: Sterling Shepard (Q), Kadarius Toney (Q), Saquon Barkley (O)
Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Jones (Q), Tyran Mathieu (Q)
New York Giants Analysis
In the victory over the Panthers, Daniel Jones did not have a turnover after throwing three interceptions the previous week against the Rams. In the week 7 victory, he threw for 203 yards and a touchdown, completing 69.7% of his passes. On the season the former Duke Blue Devil has thrown for 1,727 yards, five touchdowns, four interceptions with a QBR of 46.9. He has 40 career touchdown passes and will look to add more as he faces a Chiefs defense who has allowed 13 touchdown passes this season. The main issue will be who will Jones throw the ball to?
Kadarius Toney is continuing to battle an ankle injury sustained against the Rams in week 6, he’s hopeful to practice this week, but is currently listed as questionable for Monday night. Toney is the third highest graded rookie pass catcher according to PFF, only behind Atlanta’s Kyle Pitts and Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase. Prized free agent pick-up, Kenny Golladay is also hoping to play this week as he battles a knee injury sustained in week 5 at Dallas. He’s been one of the most disappointing free agent pick-ups of the season with 17 catches for 282 yards and no touchdowns. Sterling Shepard was a late scratch in week 7 vs. Carolina with a hamstring injury, he’s also questionable for the clash against the Chiefs. Dante Pettis played well in the victory over Carolina, catching five passes and scoring the game’s first touchdown.
Saquon Barkley who’s battling an ankle injury is expected to be practicing by Wednesday or Thursday this week. If all goes well, he could be in the lineup Monday night at Kansas City. Devontae Booker has filled in admirably for Barkley, having 135 yards of total offense in the last two games. He scored a touchdown in the win vs. Carolina, his third score of the year.
Against Carolina in week 7, the Giants dominated the Panthers offensive line, recording six sacks. Rookie, Azeez Ojulari had 2.5 sacks in the game and is the fourth Giants rookie with at least five sacks since 1982; he has 5.5 after seven games, starting four of them.
Unfortunately, the victory came at a cost as Jabril Peppers ruptured his ACL in his right knee and along with a high ankle sprain in the third quarter against the Panthers.
One a positive note, Big Blue is 11-3 all-time against the Chiefs, including 4-3 at Arrowhead Stadium.
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Kansas City Chiefs Analysis
First let’s start with how good Patrick Mahomes has been to start his career. Since becoming the Kansas City starting quarterback in 2018 (and through seven games this season), he has thrown for 16,245 yards, 132 touchdowns, 33 interceptions with a completion percentage of 66.2. In that time, Kansas City’s #15 won the NFL MVP in 2018 becoming only the third quarterback in NFL history with at least 50 touchdown passes in a season. Additionally, he has led the Chiefs to two straight AFC Championships; including winning Super Bowl LIV and being named the game’s MVP and generally regarded as the best QB in the NFL not named Tom Brady. He’s also mobile having rushed for 1,027 in his career, the third Chiefs quarterback to rush for over 1000 yards in their career. Before Mahomes’ Super Bowl victory, Kansas City had not won a championship in 50 years. All the talk of #TradeMahomes on Twitter is absolute nonsense and Chiefs fans should be ashamed of themselves for starting that chatter.
In Super Bowl LV, the Tampa Bay defense led by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles employed a game plan that relied heavily on the blitz in their victory. Coming into the season there was a thought other defensive coordinators would follow that scheme, instead teams are dropping back in coverage not allowing the talented Kansas City pass catchers opportunities to make big plays and causing uncharacteristic turnovers by the Chiefs All-Pro quarterback.
Mahomes has thrown an interception in six straight games, nine in total this season. He had 11 interceptions combined in 2019 and 2020. He has two lost fumbles in 2021, giving him 11 turnovers for the season. The All-Pro quarterback must try and make the simple plays, realizing it’s better to throw the ball out of balance instead of to an opposing player.
Tyreek Hill hasn’t had his best season to say the least. He’s had catchable balls turn into interceptions on deflections and had a costly fumble in the Chiefs week 3 home loss to the Chargers. All five of his touchdown receptions this season have come in Kansas City victories, while he’s had none in each of their four defeats. But beware because Hill is still one of the most dangerous players in the NFL, averaging 12.3 yards per reception in 2021.
Tight End Travis Kelce is still one of the three best tight ends in football despite Kansas City’s trouble in the passing game. He’s had at least three receptions in 53 straight games and has gone over 50 receiving yards 79 times in his career, most for a Chiefs player in their first nine seasons. According to PFF, Kelce has the most targets without a drop through seven weeks of the season. On the season he has 45 receptions for 533 yards and four touchdowns.
The Chiefs defense led by coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo is downright awful and embarrassing for a team with such high hopes. They are allowing 29 points and 404.6 yards per game ranking them towards the bottom of the NFL. They’ve surrendered 23 touchdowns in 2021, giving up at least three offensive touchdowns in six of their last seven game for the first time since 2002.
The pass rush seems to be non-existent, which has contributed to the defense allowing 275.7 passing yards per game. Frank Clark has played in four games this season battling an assortment of injuries without recording a sack, as a unit the defense has eight sacks in seven games. Both Chris Jones (strained groin) and Tyrann Mathieu (ribs) were injured in the loss to the Titans; they’re both questionable for Monday night against the Giants. Without those two players the defense will continue to struggle. Could this be the year the Chiefs don’t make the playoffs for the first time since 2014?
Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart
New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs Daily Fantasy Picks
If I’d have to recommend a Giants player for your roster, I’d look at kicker Graham Gano. New York’s kicker was named the week 7 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against the Carolina Panthers. He was three for three on field goal attempts and scored 11 points overall in New York’s 25-3 win in week 7. For the season he’s eight for eight in extra point attempts and has made 15 field goals this year totaling 53 points. With 1,145 career points, Gano could be your guy if you need a kicker.
Passing all the concussion protocols after taking a brutal hit against the Titans, Mahomes is expected to start the game for the Chiefs. Provided he’s healthy and ready to go, I’d without a doubt have him in my lineup. He’s a generational talent, with one of the best arms in NFL history, I’d expect him to light up the Giants secondary. After being embarrassed three weeks ago on national television by the Bills, Mahomes will again let everyone know who’s the best quarterback in the NFL by throwing three touchdowns and going over 300 yards.
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