Giants vs. Chiefs: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
New York - 7
Kansas City - 31
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vs. Giants Week 4
Game analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs
Pass Offense: Alex Smith suffered his first interceptions of the season, although his intended receivers, Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles, shoulder the blame for both. No. 82 rectified the mistake after breaking a pair of tackles en route to a 34-yard touchdown. Smith successfully stretched the field more than he had in weeks past.
Run Offense: Kansas City's offensive line echoed the mind-boggling trend it set in previous weeks, struggling to create lanes throughout the first three quarters before gashing holes in the fourth. Despite the final surge, Charles was limited to a measley 3.6 yards per carry.
Run Defense: Eric Berry jackhammered the proverbial nail in New York's coffin, recovering a fumbled handoff in the Giants backfield. Although every one of New York's rushers averaged over four yards per carry, the visitors collectively failed to breach the century mark.
Pass Defense: Tamba Hali doubled as a constant edge-rushing pest throughout the afternoon, amassing two sacks and one forced fumble. He was also the catalyst of an intentional-grounding penalty. Eli Manning wasn't afforded the time to take a breath while dropping back, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes (18 of 37).
Special Teams: For the time being, Dexter McCluster authored the punt return of the 2013 season. Dustin Colquitt rebounded from his first-half injury like it never occurred and continued to pin Manning's offense deep in its own territory.
Coaching: McCluster's ankle-breaking highlight wouldn't have seen the light of day if Andy Reid's challenge flag didn't pave the way for the opportunity. Bob Sutton's defense clamped down on the Giants' deep threats and suffocated the passing attack in the second half.
First-half analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs
Pass Offense: Alex Smith, who has epitomized the term "dual threat" this season, charred the Giants defense on a methodical 98-yard touchdown drive. Despite funneling into Arrowhead without his top three tight ends, Kansas City's quarterback still connected with Sean McGrath for a team-leading four receptions. Thus far, No. 11 has arguably enjoyed his best first-half passing performance of the season.
Run Offense: In what has become a theme, Smith was the most effective runner throughout the first half (five carries for 25 yards). Creases for Jamaal Charles were few and far between, as the always-elusive tailback averaged a meager two yards per carry on seven attempts. No other running back touched the ball throughout the first two quarters.
Run Defense: David Wilson initially got off to a quick start—although 3rd-and-long draw plays inflated his statistics—but Kansas City's front seven eventually plugged up the lanes. Da'Rel Scott, on the other hand, offered flashes of brilliance with 19 yards on just two attempts.
Pass Defense: Due to Arrowhead's ear-bleeding noise, Eli Manning was literally forced to turn his headset up after the opening drive, and New York's aerial attack looked overwhelmed throughout the first quarter. However, it redeemed itself in the opening minute of the second as Victor Cruz dusted Dunta Robinson on a 69-yard go route. The Chiefs didn't end their efforts on a high note, allowing Manning and Co. to march down the field in the two-minute offense. The secondary was later bailed out by a missed field goal, though.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt's second punt was partially blocked, which ultimately sent the Pro Bowler to Kansas City's locker room (he would later return). Ryan Succop sliced the uprights on his only field-goal attempt of the half (51 yards). Kansas City's lauded return game has yet to craft any noteworthy contributions.
Coaching: While Bob Sutton's blitz-first-ask-questions-last approach has paid dividends throughout 2013, it doubles as a riskier gamble when an injured Brandon Flowers is a sideline spectator. Robinson lacks the recovery speed to shadow receivers on go routes, and the scoreboard serves as proof. The Chiefs' defensive coordinator would be smart to double Cruz and/or deploy more Cover 2 in the second half.
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