Hoping for a third consecutive road victory, the New York Giants will travel to Kansas City undefeated and hoping to keep the Chiefs winless.
Quarterback Eli Manning will head into this game with five touchdowns and only one interception against a Chiefs defense that has allowed at least 34 points in two of their three games played. Manning and the rest of the Giants’ offense has quietly been doing a solid job making the best out of what they have. The offense doesn’t have any real superstars, but they have done a great job as a team and have progressed into one of the top offenses in the game.
The offense seems to have one weak spot, and that would be in the red zone. Tom Coughlin, who calls the red zone the “green zone,” has stressed this time and time again. The offense did a better job against a weak Buccaneers squad last weekend when Manning fired a bullet on third down to Steve Smith in the end zone, but they need to make sure they are able to convert.
Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan and the defense has done great with keeping their opponents in check. Kenny Phillips has had two interceptions and Bruce Johnson has one as well, so they are certainly getting the job done all the way around. Defensive end Justin Tuck went down with a partially torn labrum after Cowboys’ lineman Flozell Adams tripped him in the Giants’ week 2 victory in Dallas. Tuck returned to practice today and should be ready to go this weekend.
I’m hoping to see some consistent games from here on out by kicker Lawrence Tynes. Tynes has shown game in and game out that he has no problem nailing the long field goals, but he seems to tighten up and over-think the chip shots. He could eventually cost the Giants the game in that situation, so it is important that we keep an eye on him.
Bottom line for this Sunday is that the Giants are the better team. The Giants should keep their eyes open, however, because this Chiefs team will be anxious for their first win. As long as the Giants continue to do what they have done all year, which is put up points and hold the opponents’ defenses, it should be enough to keep the Giants undefeated.