Giants-Chiefs tale of the tape
The Giants will try to pick up their second consecutive win when they travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
The Giants are coming off a 25-3 victory over the Panthers in Week 7. The defense held Carolina to just three points and 173 total yards and had six sacks, all of which were season-best marks for the unit. It also held the Panthers to 2-of-15 on third down.
The Chiefs offense registered season-low marks of three points and 334 total yards, while the offense turned the ball over three times as they fell to the Titans, 27-3.
For Coach Joe Judge, Monday will serve as his first meeting against the Chiefs as head coach. On the other sideline, Andy Reid has plenty of experience against the Giants from his days with the Eagles. He has a career-record of 18-15 against Big Blue.
Here are some notes for players on both teams ahead of the Week 8 matchup.
*QB Daniel Jones passed for 203 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in Week 7. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 25+ completions. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 229 rush yards in 2021.
*QB Patrick Mahomes has 250+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season, tied-most in NFL (Matthew Stafford). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 36 TDs (35 pass, 1 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.1 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 TD passes this season.
*RB Devontae Booker had 66 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 15 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards.
*RB Darrel Williams aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC East.
*WR Sterling Shepard aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ catches & 75+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on MNF with 6+ receptions. WR Darius Slayton had 5 catches for team-high 63 yards in Week 7. Has 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 5+ catches. WR Dante Pettis had 5 receptions & 9th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. TE Evan Engram had season-high 6 receptions in Week 7. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on MNF.
*TE Travis Kelce had team-high 7 catches for 65 yards last week, his 79th-career game with 5+ catches, 4th-most ever by TE. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads all TEs with 45 catches & 533 rec. yards this season. WR Tyreek Hill aims for 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 68 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 52 catches in 2021. WR Byron Pringle set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (73) last week & aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards.
*DL Leonard Williams had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack & 4th in row on MNF with TFL. LB Azeez Ojulari had career-high 2.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 5.5 sacks. CB James Bradberry had 3rd INT in Week 7 & is 1 of 2 DBs (J.C. Jackson) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF & 9th in row overall with PD. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 PD. DB Logan Ryan had 13 tackles & 3 PD in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.).
*S Tyrann Mathieu aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in his last game vs. NYG (9/23/18 w/ Hou.). Rookie LB Nick Bolton had season-high 15 tackles & 4 TFL last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 3. Leads all rookies with 55 tackles & 9 TFL this season. LB Ben Niemann had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB Willie Gay had 1st-career INT last week.
View photos from Thursday's practice as the Giants prepare for their Week 8 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sterling Shepard 'super confident' in MNF return
Well, at least one member of the Giants’ gang of four believes he will play Monday night in Kansas City.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard practiced on a limited basis today and, barring a setback, will be in the lineup against the two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs.
But while Shepard tries to avoid taking a step back, his fellow injured offensive standouts have yet to step forward into practice. Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) were all non-participants, leaving Shepard, at least today, as the only likely returnee on Monday Night Football.
"I'm super confident," Shepard said after practice. "I don't really know the status of those guys, so I can't answer for them, but I can answer for myself. I've been feeling great lately. I'm hoping like I said, it's a go.
"I'm feeling a lot better, just listening to the trainers. Doing whatever they're telling me to do."
Coach Joe Judge said he is "optimistic," but on a different level.
"Sterling did some good stuff at practice today," Judge said. "We'll see tomorrow and Saturday how he comes out of some things that he was limited (in). The other guys stayed with the trainers for the first part of the day. Making good progress though as a group, so we'll see where it goes. I'm pretty optimistic about it."
Optimistic they might play Monday?
"Optimistic about how they're working and how they're coming along," Judge said. "I couldn't give you a full gauge on Monday right now, but in terms of maybe getting them out to practice tomorrow and getting them some reps, I'm feeling good about that."
📸 Know Your Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
Check out the gallery below to view photos of the Kansas City Chiefs likely starters ahead of the Week 8 matchup against the Giants on Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium.
View photos of the Kansas City Chiefs likely starters ahead of the Week 8 matchup against the Giants on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium.