The Giants traveling mash unit tour had its final stop in October traveling to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. Fresh off wins in Dallas and in Tampa Bay the Giants were looking to repeat their 4-0 start of last year in KC.
The game started off with the Giants recovering the openning kickoff fumble by Jaamal Charles and quickly turned into seven points with yet another Eli Manning to Steve Smith pass. After a quick score the Giants then we in a giving move themselves as two drives ended in a fumble and another into a interception by Eli Manning. Even though Mr. Bobble Mario Manningham should have caught the pass that lead to the interception.
After KC had moved with 7-3 on a 34 yard field goal by Ryan Succop the Giants took the next drive marched down the field for another Manning to Smith touchdown. This one of 25 yards. The drive was helped by a questionable personal foul penalty on the Chiefs for hitting a defenseless reciever. On the next play Eli hit Steve Smith for the TD.
After an exchange of punts the Giants capped the first half with a 25 yard fieldgoal by Lawrence Tynes. To set it up Eli found Kevin Boss for 24 yards and hurried the team up to spike the football. Boss hurt himself on the play but ws able to line up for the spike play. The Giants lead 17-3 at halftime dominating the Chiefs.
The second half started with the Chiefs trying an onside kick which was recoverd by Bryan Kuhl. Another field goal by Tynes increased the score to 20-3. On the next series the Giants defense got two of its four sacks on Cassel to force another three and out. The Giants the got the ball from their 15 and marched down to the Chiefs 20 yard line where Mr Miss Lawrence Tynes struck again missing wide right.
The fourth quarter started with the biggest scare to the Giants franchise. On a 2nd and 9 from their 46 Eli Manning dropped back to pass, planted his foot and came up limping and throwing up a duck almost caught by Steve Smith. Manning got up walked it off and then on the next play threw a quick screen to Hakeem Nicks who manuvered his way down the sideline all the way for another Giants touchdown. Giants 27 Chiefs 3. Basically the game was over.
Add two meaningless touchdowns at the end of the game by the Chiefs and you have a final score of Giants 27 Chiefs 16.
Manning never returned to the game. First reports were of a bruised heel. At first glance the play reminded me of Vinnie Testerverde tearing his achilles at the start of the 1999 season where no one touched him and he was done. The good thing is that Eli expects to play on Sunday vs the Raiders.
Another injury is Kevin Boss with a sprained ankle. Hobbling in the second half Boss still mananged to have 4 receptions for 41 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw played through his ankle sprain and added anthor 64 yards rushing.
Michael Boley had his best day as a Giant with a sack, four tackles for loss and a knee injury. Boley is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a "stiff knee". Expect Chase Blackburn and Bryan Kuhl to get the majority of snaps filling in for Boley.
Overall another good performance against a bad team. Eli is playing at an MVP level. Steve Smith is leading the NFL in receptions and yards. The running game has gotten going and our redzone production has improved. On defesne it was good to see the d-line dominate. Tuck, Kiwi, Rocky Bernard each had a sack. The Chiefs didnt do anything until the game was already out of reach. Giants defense held the Chiefs to under 200 yards in total offense.
Next up the 1-3 Oakland Raiders at Giants Stadium 1pm CBS.