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Giants vs. Chiefs Storylines: What to watch for

Posted Nov 15, 2017

Five storylines to follow as the Giants get set to face the Chiefs Sunday at MetLifeStadium:  


1. ON TO KANSAS CITY

The New York Giants (1-8) will play host to the Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) this week for the first time since a 27-17 victory on Dec. 17, 2005 in Giants Stadium. The Chiefs will become the final team in the NFL to face the Giants in MetLife Stadium, which opened in 2010. Big Blue holds a 10-3 record all-time against Kansas City in a series that dates back to 1974.

However, history won’t be of any use against the reigning AFC West champions, who are coming off their bye week. The Chiefs won their first five games of the season but have dropped three of their last four, including a 28-17 loss at Dallas before the break.

2. REID BACK IN TOWN

Andy Reid, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Chiefs, knows the Giants better than any opponent after serving for 14 seasons as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Including one win with the Chiefs in 2013, Reid is 16-13 vs. Big Blue in the regular season and 2-1 in the postseason. Furthermore, Reid owns a 16-2 record following his team’s bye week (3-1 with Kansas City). According to the Chiefs’ team website, that is a higher win total than any other team, let alone a coach, since Reid took over in Philadelphia in 1999.

“Listen, we are sitting here 6-3. We are in good shape,” Reid said this week. “We didn’t finish up at the bye very well. We have all been sitting here, fans included, on a loss for a couple weeks. But I like this team and I like their work ethic. I like the way they battled through the first nine games. But there is room for us as coaches and players to improve. To me, I get kind of fired up about that. That is where I am at.”

3. BIG PLAYS COSTING GIANTS

A deficiency that has been accentuated in their last two performances, the Giants have allowed 45 plays of 20 yards or more this season, the second-most in the NFL behind Indianapolis. As a result, the Giants’ defense are 31st in yards (400.3) and 28th in scoring (26.4). Kansas City comes in with an offense ranked fifth in both yards (371.8) and scoring (28.1).

“I felt the desire to finish needs to get better,” coach Ben McAdoo said in reviewing the loss to the 49ers. “That needs to show up on a more consistent basis. We were in positions to make plays; our desire to finish needs to be consistent.”

4. INJURY REPORT & ROSTER MOVES

The Giants made a series of roster moves on Tuesday that began with placing linebacker Keenan Robinson, who suffered a quad injury in Week 9, on injured reserve. They signed linebacker Akeem Ayers and guard John Greco and promoted wide receiver/return specialist Kalif Raymond off their practice squad. To create room, the Giants waived defensive end Devin Taylor and wide receiver Ed Eagan. The team also signed tight end Matt LaCosse and offensive lineman Nick Becton to the practice squad.

The following players were inactive in San Francisco because of injuries: in additional to Robinson, linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Devon Kennard (quad), and cornerback Donte Deayon (ankle). Offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back), linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (groin) and defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) had to leave the game.

5. OWNERSHIP SUPPORT

On Monday, chief executive officer John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch issued the following in response to media inquiries about the team’s 1-8 record, the team’s performance of the past two weeks in losses to the Rams and 49ers, and regarding the status of head coach Ben McAdoo:

“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support. We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.

“Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.”