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Chiefs report card: Blame offense, coaching for embarrassing loss to Gaints

Chiefs report card: Blame offense, coaching for embarrassing loss to Gaints

So can the 1-8 New York Giants take advantage of a team that's in the midst of a mini-slump? He pointed toward the team's three turnovers and nine penalties for 87 yards as examples of failed execution. The heart-stopping momentum the Chiefs usually generate from explosive plays did not exist for the first 60 minutes of play. He didn't look ready to carry McAdoo off the field, but given that his performance against the 49ers made it look like he was ready to carry him to the unemployment office, this is a start. "We fought through a lot of adversity, played heavy handed and physical". Whenever Smith opted to go deep, Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins were floating around the ball, easily jumping the pass with foresight.

Offensive firepower was nonexistent for both squads as the Chiefs and Giants combined for six first downs on third-down conversions. But a direct snap to safety Nat Berhe got the first. So the difference between this year's defense and last year's defense is the overall effort and execution. He stood in the pocket, calm, controlled, and knowing exactly where to paint the pass.

"It's football", he said when asked how it felt to come up with a such a big play. The onset of overtime was a complete lack of energy from the Chiefs defense; overtime implies pressure, which implies playing fast, which ought to imply operating as if every second is the last.

After moving the ball into Chiefs territory, the Giants tried some more trickery.

I'm expecting a bend-but-don't-break type of game from the D. It'll allow a lot of yards but will end up forcing field goals. Manning began the drive by letting Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman grind the ball forward to set up a different play set.

Big Blue, which has never lost to the AFC West foe at home, holds a 10-3 record all-time against Kansas City in a series that dates back to 1974. Down their best player in Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants will have to rely on the few weapons they have at their disposal to beat an Andy Reid squad that is notoriously good off the bye.

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We saw what happened when Reid made a decision to let wide receiver Tyreek Hill throw the ball in the red zone earlier this year and now we got to see a designed play where Kelce is throwing the ball. Kelce's pass was not only awkward, but hinted at desperation.

However, opting into goal is hard when nine different penalties are committed. He called this stretch the "greatest opportunity" of his life to prove the doubters wrong, and given that the visiting Chiefs were double-digit favorites, it's off to a pretty good start.

Most alarming to the Chiefs is that the production from their offense, which early in the season had the team among the league leaders in scoring, has slowed drastically. Engram has five for the season and needs one more to break a tie with Bob Tucker (1970) for the franchise record for most touchdowns by a rookie tight end.

What kept NY alive on Sunday was a lethargic Kansas City offense that couldn't seem to get out of its own way. Darkwa ended up with 74 yards and a score on 20 totes. Whatever is the true cause of Jenkins' poor play, he and the rest of the defense must play better and play with heart or they'll be embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The second part of the Chiefs defensive question is generating no sacks on the day. The Chiefs pass rush is one of the highest percentage takers in the salary cap and is a key to generating success.