Giants vs. Chiefs: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
If you told people before the season began that the Kansas City Chiefs would open up the 2013 NFL season 3-0 while the New York Giants opened up 0-3, you would have been laughed out of town.
But that's exactly what's happened. And given the way both teams have played early on, it's likely the Giants will continue their nosedive this weekend.
Alex Smith has yet to throw an interception in three games, while Eli Manning has thrown an astonishing eight picks in the same amount of time.
Kansas City's defense is playing well up front, and Sean Smith has proven to be an excellent addition to the team's secondary, which has intercepted four passes already this year.
The Giants, meanwhile, haven't been able to establish any semblance of a running game, which is partly why Manning has been the turnover king of the NFL in 2013.
If both teams play like they have so far, then Kansas City will easily win at home. That said, it's impossible to predict how a veteran team that has won two Super Bowls in the last six seasons will respond to this current adversity.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming game.
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 44 pts.
- Spread: Kansas City (-4)
Giants Injury Report (via Giants.com)
|FB Henry Hynoski||Shoulder (IR)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|C David Baas||Neck||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|TE Adrien Robinson||Foot||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|G Chris Snee||Hip||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|CB Corey Webster||Hip||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|T David Diehl||Thumb||LP||LP||LP||Doubtful|
|LB Jacquian Williams||Knee||DNP||DNP||LP||Questionable|
|S Cooper Taylor||Shoulder||LP||LP||LP||Questionable|
|LB Spencer Paysinger||Hip||LP||LP||LP||Probable|
|CB Terrell Thomas||Knee||LP||DNP||LP||Probable|
|LB Justin Trattou||Ankle||FP||DNP||LP||Probable|
Chiefs Injury Report (via Giants.com)
|TE Travis Kelce||Knee||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|G Jeff Allen||Groin||DNP||DNP||LP||Questionable|
|TE Anthony Fasano||Ankle/Knee||DNP||DNP||LP||Questionable|
|CB Brandon Flowers||Knee||DNP||LP||DNP||Questionable|
|S Kendrick Lewis||Ankle||DNP||LP||LP||Questionable|
|DL Mike DeVito||Neck||LP||LP||FP||Probable|
|FB Anthony Sherman||Knee||FP||FP||FP||Probable|
|LB Frank Zombo||Elbow||FP||FP||FP||Probable|
|T Branden Albert||Shoulder||LP||LP||FP||Probable|
Will Eli Manning Rebound From His Horrid Start to the 2013 Season?
If a non-star quarterback put up the kind of numbers Manning has put up this year, then he'd be benched, without a shadow of a doubt.
Through three games, Manning has been sacked 11 times and has thrown eight interceptions. Only Ryan Tannehill has been sacked more often, and nobody in the league can hold a candle to Manning's eight picks.
Kansas City's defense has been dominant at the line of scrimmage, leading the league with 15 sacks, and the secondary has produced four interceptions.
Tamba Hali and Justin Houston comprise one of the most dangerous pairs of pass-rushing outside linebackers in the NFL, combining for 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception on the year so far.
The emergence of second-year nose tackle Dontari Poe inside has made a huge difference, too, and he's added another 3.5 sacks from his position.
Manning has no running game to fall back on, and his offensive line has been about as solid as wet cardboard this year. It appears that he's doomed to put up another horrible performance this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Smith's efficient quarterback play is exactly what this Chiefs team needs right now—even if it's not as exciting to watch as, say, Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. But style points are meaningless in the NFL, as we saw last week when Smith outplayed Vick in Philly for the win.
Which team will win?
It's hard to rule out the Giants, given the team's history of playoff runs and Super Bowl wins. Coughlin has steered his team through troubled waters in the past and has won two Super Bowls, but this appears to be his biggest challenge to date.
Based on the fact that Kansas City has turned the ball over exactly zero times this season compared to the 13 turnovers New York has coughed up, the Chiefs should cruise at home.
Chiefs win 27-23
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