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10 things to watch for when the Giants face the Chiefs

*Ten storylines to follow as the Giants get set to face the Chiefs on Sunday: *


> The McAdoo Report: Need for Corrections
> Fact or Fiction: Will Engram Break Record?
> Takeaways from Giants practice
> Every start in Eli Manning's historic streak
> Extra Point: Expectations for Sunday

The New York Giants (1-8) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) for the first time since a 27-17 victory on Dec. 17, 2005 in Giants Stadium. That makes Kansas City the 31th and final team in the NFL to face the Giants in MetLife Stadium, which opened in 2010.

Big Blue, which has never lost to the AFC West foe at home, holds a 10-3 record all-time against Kansas City in a series that dates back to 1974.


Eli Manning is set to start his 209th consecutive regular-season game, which will break a tie with his brother, Peyton, for the second-longest consecutive starts streak by a quarterback in NFL history.

Peyton Manning was on hand last week in San Francisco to see his brother reach the milestone. A week before, Eli also joined him in the 50,000 yards club.

A look back at every Eli Manning start from 2004 through 2017 as he moved into second place on the all-time consecutive starts list at QB


Out: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back)

Doubtful: LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin)

Questionable: DT Damon Harrison (ankle), LB Devon Kennard (quad), WR Sterling Shepard (illness)


The Giants made a series of roster moves this week, including the placement of 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.


Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants get set to face the Chiefs

First-round draft choice Evan Engram is joining some elite company in his young career. He is the first Giants tight end with a touchdown reception in four consecutive games since Mark Bavaro in 1987. Engram has five for the season and needs one more to break a tie with Bob Tucker (1970) for the franchise record for most touchdowns by a rookie tight end. Ben McAdoo named Engram one of three game captains for this week, the first time the head coach has done so with a rookie.

Conversely, the Giants are having trouble against opposing tight ends, and this week they face All-Pro Travis Kelce. The Giants have allowed a receiving touchdown to an opposing tight end in 10 consecutive games dating back to last year, the longest such streak in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


Six weeks removed from an ankle injury, second-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard is coming off the best statistical performance of his career. Against the 49ers in Week 10, Shepard hauled in 11 passes for 142 yards, both career highs. The Chiefs enter Sunday ranked 30th in total yards allowed per game (390.3), including 28th against the pass (259.2) and 29th against the run (131.1).


Kansas City is first in the NFL in yards per play (6.22). Whether it's Kareem Hunt (second in the NFL with 1,131 yards from scrimmage) or Kelce (leads all NFL tight ends with 629 receiving yards) or homerun threat Tyreek Hill (three receiving touchdowns of 55-plus yards to go along with an 82-yard punt return), the Chiefs can gash defenses from different formations and motions.

Meanwhile, quarterback Alex Smith leads the NFL with a 113.9 passer rating. He has thrown 18 touchdowns to just one interception. Smith, the No. 1 overall pick by San Francisco in the 2005 NFL Draft, is 2-1 as a starter against the Giants in the regular season (1-1 with the 49ers, 1-0 with the Chiefs). He was also the 49ers' quarterback for the 2011 NFC Championship Game, which the Giants won en route to Super Bowl XLVI.


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 is 31st in yards (400.3) and 28th in scoring (26.4).


No team in the NFL turns the ball over less frequently than the Chiefs, who have given it away just four times this season on two fumbles and two interceptions. Kansas City is 5-1 when it wins the turnover battle, but only 1-2 when it is even or worse. The Giants are 20th in the league with a minus-2 differential.


This will be Andy Reid's 33rd game, including three postseason meetings, against the Giants as a head coach. Reid, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Chiefs, served 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). The Chiefs, who were idle last week, started the season 5-0 but dropped three of their last four games, including a 28-17 loss at Dallas in their last time out. 

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