Full game grades and analysis are below.
New York: 7
Kansas City: 31
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: One word: blocking. It was awful. The offensive line was the main culprit but the running backs and tight ends certainly contributed.
Eli Manning was harassed much of the day, so his stat line of 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception isn’t terrible. He still needs to take care of the ball better (he also had a first quarter fumble) but the blame for the ineffectiveness of this unit should not fall on the quarterback.
Run Offense: It was their best effort of the year, which isn’t saying much. Wilson had a hard-working 55 yards on 13 carries and is starting to look more comfortable after his two-fumble debacle on opening night.
One blemish was a fumble by Da’Rel Scott in the fourth quarter when the game was pretty much over.
Pass Defense: Alex Smith did throw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, but the coverage was actually pretty solid. Smith completed less than 60 percent of his passes and threw two picks.
The blame falls on a Giants pass rush that was once again a no-show. Outside of a few series in the third quarter, Alex Smith had a clean pocket on most pass plays and a good amount of time to throw.
Run Defense: They were excellent in the first half outside of several Alex Smith runs on pass plays. They regressed in the second half, but allowing a good Chiefs rushing attack to gain 102 yards on 3.6 yards per carry is not a bad effort.
Kudos to both Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger. Both looked quick and instinctive in putting up their best efforts, respectively, of the season.
Special Teams: This unit was uneven in the first half and downright awful in the second half.
Three plays stand out. First, Josh Brown’s missed 44-yard field goal cost the Giants a tie at halftime. Then, Dexter McCluster’s 89-yard punt return in the third quarter turned a winnable game for New York into another dark trek towards a loss. The over-pursuit by the Giants punt coverage team on the return was almost comical.
Finally, an illegal formation penalty took a made 53-yard field goal by Ryan Succop off the scoreboard and gave the Chiefs a first down instead. The play allowed Kansas City to score a touchdown seven plays later and, almost as importantly, burned another six minutes off the clock for the trailing Giants.
Coaching: The Giants came out prepared and motivated. Also, the offensive play-calling managed New York’s awful offensive line play and blocking by sticking to the run and trying some shorter, quicker throws. Lastly, going to a hurry-up when the game was still 10-7 late in the third quarter was a smart move since the conventional offense was not moving the ball.
However, this team isn’t making any winning plays, but they are certainly making plenty of losing ones, which has to fall, to some extent, on Tom Coughlin and his staff. It is also a bad sign that New York showed no fight at the end of this game, a reoccurring theme displayed in last week’s blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: The remade offensive line has struggled, allowing two sacks as well as plenty of hurries and hits on Eli Manning. Manning is clearly getting frustrated with the lack of protection, as he started to force throws in the second quarter.
On a positive note, the 69-yard touchdown throw to Victor Cruz was a gorgeous deep ball. Also, the passing offense was much better at the end of the half in the two-minute offense.
Run Offense: Sadly, the best it has been in the first half all season, with 42 yards on nine carries. The offensive line has been better in this area and David Wilson appears to be finding the balance between playmaker and ball-protector.
Da’Rel Scott also had a couple of nice runs on 3rd-and-long draw plays.
Pass Defense: The pass rush has been virtually non-existent, even when you factor in the Chiefs' quick-tempo passing attack.
The secondary has been adequate, though they have allowed too many third down conversions.
Run Defense: They have done a great job of stopping Jamaal Charles (seven carries, 14 yards) but have allowed Alex Smith (26 yards) too many rushing lanes on passing plays.
Special Teams: Damontre Moore’s punt block helped change an early field-position disadvantage—even though the Giants only got the ball on their own 37-yard line.
However, Josh Brown’s miss of a 44-yard field goal, a kick that would have tied the game at halftime, was the biggest play from this unit in the first half.
Coaching: The Giants have come out, for the most part, crisp and definitely hungry to get a win, which is a credit to Tom Coughlin and not easy to do with a winless team.
Kevin Gilbride’s much-maligned play-calling has been diverse, nicely mixing run/pass and also short, quick throws with shots down the field.