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Chiefs vs. Giants: 10 Stats to Know

Posted Nov 19, 2017

Here are some numbers to know for Sunday, presented by DraftKings

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) are fresh off their bye week and will have had 14 days to rest by the time they take the field Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants (1-8).

These two teams haven’t met in New York in more than a decade, with the last meeting coming back in 2005, when a second-year quarterback in the Giants’ Eli Manning out-dueled former Chiefs’ quarterback Trent Green to the tune of a 27-17 victory for the Giants.

Furthermore, the Chiefs as a franchise haven’t gone on the road to beat the Giants in six attempts, dating back to their first meeting in 1978.

The Chiefs are hoping to reverse those fortunes Sunday afternoon.

Here are 10 stats to know for Chiefs-Giants on Sunday, presented by DraftKings:

1. The Giants are looking for their second win of the year

Over their last three games—all losses—the Giants have lost by a combined 61 points, including a 10-point loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers last week.

2. The Giants’ offense—the basics

The Giants’ offense comes into Sunday’s game averaging 307.6 yards per game, which ranks 25th in the league.

In terms of points, the Giants are averaging 16.7 points per game, which ranks 28th in the league.

The Giants are led at quarterback by Eli Manning, who has completed 65 percent of his passes for an average of 217 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions this year. He’s also been sacked 22 times.

In the backfield, fourth-year player Orleans Darkwa seems to have taken over the running back position as he has carried it 81 times for 415 yards (5.1 ypc) with one touchdown.

On the outside, the Giants have had to deal with season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, but seem to have found some production from Sterling Shepard—the second-year player out of Oklahoma who had 11 catches for 142 yards in their game last week. He leads them on the season with 38 receptions for 475 yards and a touchdown.

The other offensive weapon to mention is rookie first-round pick Evan Engram, who has a team-best 40 receptions on 72 targets for 443 yards and five touchdowns, which ties him for second-most among tight ends in the league.

3. Andy Reid has fared pretty well against these guys

In his career, Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid is 18-14 against the Giants. He’s 8-6 on the road and has won four of the last five.

In his only meeting against the Giants with the Chiefs, which came back in his first season with the team in 2013, Reid led the Chiefs to a 31-7 victory.

4. Alex Smith and the deep ball

If there’s an area on paper that the Chiefs might have an advantage on Sunday against the Giants then it’s in the deep passing game.

Alex Smith leads the NFL with a passer rating of 134.1 on passes that travel at least 21 yards in the air. It’s part of the reason the Chiefs’ offense leads the NFL at 6.22 yards per play.

On the flipside, the Giants defense ranks second-to-last by allowing a quarterback rating of 124.3 on those same passes. They also are allowing 6.01 yards per play, which ranks second-to-last in the league as well.

Maybe that’s part of the reason that Smith is DraftKings’ No. 3 fantasy football quarterback this week.

5. The Giants defense—the basics

The Giants’ defense has allowed an average of 400.3 yards per game this year, which ranks second-to-last in the league.

In terms of points, the Giants are allowing an average of 26.4 points per game, which ranks 28th in the league.

The Giants are led defensively by one of the best young safeties in the game in Landon Collins, who leads them with 56 tackles, four passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble.

Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who was injured last week against the 49ers, has also proven to be one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL in his career. He ranks second on the team with 45 tackles.

Jason Pierre-Paul leads the Giants with 4.5 sacks, but as a whole, the Giants rank 31st in the league with 13 sacks on the season.

6. Travis Kelce continues his strong season

Kelce leads all NFL tight ends with 51 receptions for 629 yards and five touchdowns.

And conversely, the Giants have struggled to stop tight ends this season. They have allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end in 10 consecutive games, which is an NFL record.

Kelce has 14 catches for 206 yards in his last two games.

Basically, there’s a reason Kelce is listed as DraftKings’ No. 1 fantasy football tight end this week.

7. Could Tyreek Hill break free this week?

The Giants’ punt coverage unit ranks last in the NFL, allowing 12.9 yards per punt return. They allowed an 88-yard return touchdown to the Detroit Lions’ Jamal Agnew in Week 2.

For the Chiefs, Hill has averaged 10.1 yards per punt return this season, which ranks him 8th in the league.

He’s always close to breaking off a game-changing play, and while most teams are kicking away from him and scheming to not let him affect the game, maybe that changes this week.

8. Kareem Hunt and the running game

The Giants have allowed 132.6 yards rushing per game this season, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

And with Giants’ All-Pro defensive lineman Damon Harrison potentially being out this week with an ankle injury suffered last week against the 49ers, the Chiefs, who now have their entire offensive line back from the start of the season, could get the running game going again.

And after starting off the season on an all-time type of pace, Chiefs’ rookie running back Kareem Hunt could build upon a resume that still has him in the conversation for NFL Rookie of the Year. Hunt currently ranks second in the league with 800 yards rushing, trailing only the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (840).

Hunt is DraftKings’ No. 5 running back play this week in fantasy.

9. Justin Houston and the resurgence of #SackCity

Could this be the week?

Linebacker Justin Houston, who has 7.5 sacks on the season, will be facing Giants’ right tackle Bobby Hart often on Sunday after reports came out that starter Justin Pugh will miss the game as he continues to deal with back issues.

According to Pro Football Focus, Hart has allowed five sacks (three in last two games) and 15 quarterback pressures this season. He’s the second-lowest graded offensive player for the Giants, per PFF. Only right guard D.J. Fluker has a lower grade.

10. The Chiefs’ offense and big plays

The Chiefs’ offense has scored eight touchdowns of at least 40 yards this season, which leads the league.

And on the flipside, the Giants defense has given up five touchdowns of at least 40 yards, which is tied for the most in the league.

Maybe we see some fireworks on Sunday.

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