Are The Kansas City Chiefs Walking Into A Trap (Game)?


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It’s a strange day in the NFL when a Sunday afternoon game with the New York Giants can reasonably be characterized as a “trap game.” Coming into the season, this looked to be one of the toughest games of the Chiefs’ early season schedule. I’m not sure it has the same level of intrigue as it did a month ago. The Kansas City Chiefs are enjoying their best start since the 2010 season. Conversely, the Giants are winless and coming off of a 38-0 shellacking at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. Might this be the game to catch the Chiefs off guard and bring an end to a previously unblemished season?

The short answer here is: yes! I think this could be a volatile situation if Kansas City isn’t careful. The Giants are troubled but talented enough that they’re fully capable of stealing this game. Last week, the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles before millions of viewers on “Thursday Night Football.” They corralled a high-powered offense on their way to a 26-16 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are the class of their division in some NFL circles. Conversely, the Giants are battling the Redskins for the distinction as the “worst team in the NFC East.”

Arrowhead figures to be rocking on Sunday: the Chiefs are a likely Week 4 favorite, and after being sacked six times in the first half of the game with Carolina, Eli Manning should be seeking an order of protection from the Jackson County courthouse. Hope springs eternal right now in Chiefs Kingdom. So much so, I’ve heard a number of fans suggest that the Chiefs are going to steamroll the Giants. They seem to have forgotten that New York’s being led by the same head coach/quarterback tandem that won two of the past six Super Bowls.

Two weeks ago, I praised the team for staying cool under pressure. In last week’s article, I cited mental toughness as one of the keys to victory. In my estimation, the road to 4-0 will be paved with humility (on a side note, my intellectualizing of the first three weeks of the season ought to yield something like the professional football version of The Secret by year’s end). Kansas City can’t afford to believe in its own hype. Sooner or later, the Giants are going to awaken from their early season slumber. Sunday presents the perfect opportunity for them to “get off the schneid.”

If there’s one area where the Chiefs have been vulnerable, it’s been to big play receivers. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has been the one working part in an otherwise miserable offense this year (ranked 27th in the league in scoring). Cruz has 16 catches, 261 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns on the season. He already has a pair of 100+ yard days and has pulled down two receptions of at least 50 yards. In all likelihood, Brandon Flowers will be assigned to Cruz on Sunday. Hopefully offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride didn’t bother to watch the game tape from the Week 2 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Dez Bryant abused Flowers in the first half of that game and New York will want to follow suit.

He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them. – Sun Tzu

A game like this is partly why Andy Reid was brought to Kansas City. He understands that mental lapses can be deadly in the NFL. I suspect that he’ll impress that upon his football team throughout the week. A wounded animal is a dangerous animal. The New York Giants are facing an 0-4 start and could come out fighting on Sunday. No one wants to be out of playoff contention by late-September. Only one team, since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, qualified for the postseason after dropping its first four games.

Eli Manning and company know their beloved head football coach, despite twin Lombardi trophies, is back on the hot seat. Big Blue’s coming to One Arrowhead Drive seeking a momentary reprieve from a woeful first month of the NFL season. Will the Chiefs be ready for them and cut them off at the pass, or will they overlook the Giants and get ambushed? My Magic 8-Ball just sluggishly responded, “Cannot predict now.”

What say you, Addicts? Is this a trap game for the Kansas City Chiefs? Use the comment section below to chime in. As always, we appreciate your readership and support!

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • Jim Harper

    I am in complete agreement Stacy. This game has all the earmarks of being a very dangerous game for the Chiefs. I do think that Brandon Flowers matches up much better to Victor Cruz than he did with Dez Bryant mainly because of the size difference. However that is if and only if Flowers is healthy. If his knee is not at least 80% then we could be in trouble. The one trump card we possess is our pass rush. Not even Manning can throw from his backside. Based on that I believe the Chiefs are likely to be 4-0 come next Monday. With that said it is certainly no time to get over confident. If you are to get to the promised land it is imperative that you treat EVERY team the same. Some teams are more capable than others but make no mistake, ALL teams are capable.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Some more than others. The Giants are one of those teams who can turn things around and make a run. Reid needs to make sure it doesn’t start until AFTER this Sunday.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Keyword “AFTER”

  • BobbyP

    From what I understand, the team has bought into what Andy is selling, and Andy isn’t selling that the Giants are a bad football team. The chances that a QB like Eli has 4 bad games in a row seems a little hard to fathom. This has been fun so far GO Chiefs!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I think they’re ripe for more turnovers, but I expect that football team to be ready to play on Sunday. No way they come in here flat after the way they just got pushed around by the Panthers.

  • kcchiefs28

    I absolutely agree about staying humble in the league, but the Giants being a trap game? I honestly think we are underestimating just how bad the Giants are. Their defense, in my opinion, is borderline Jacksonville-ish, and their turnovers are worse than that! If this game were at NY, then I could see the Giants making a play, but it’s at arrowhead. This teams one-dimensional offense and HORRIFIC run defense will destroy them. Chiefs win 35-10, Manning throws 4 INTs (2- Berry, 1-Flowers, 1-S. Smith), Jamal has 3 TDs and we sack Manning a total of 8 times (4- Houston, 2-Hali, 1-Berry, 1-Poe)

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Do you honestly think the Giants will be this bad once they stop turning the ball over as often?

      • kcchiefs28

        I truly do. I think that turning over the ball isnt the biggest problem. Ironically, this team reminds me of one we’re quite familiar with: the 2012 Chiefs. They have talented players, but the coaching and play calling is tanking. I’d be surprised if T. Cough kin isn’t gone after this season

        • KCMikeG

          Plus they don’t have a run game. That’s why Eli turns it over and get’s sacked so much. The offensive strategy is drop back and pray.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The SAME Giants team went 9-7 just last year. Their only notable personnel losses were Martellus Bennett and Osi Umenyiora. How did they suddenly become a bad football team? They aren’t playing well to be sure, but it’s a big mistake to think a win is a foregone conclusion. The Giants are routinely lethargic to start the season.

    • Chiefswatch

      Insane as that sounds, it does sound more plausible than losing to a team in complete disarray.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Do you remember two years ago when the undefeated Packers lost to a team in complete disarray? I do.

        • Kurt Rauch

          For sure, the highlight of a dismal season for the Chiefs!
          Thanks for bringing attention to this all-important point: the Chiefs have no business taking ANYBODY lightly! Truthfully, no team does. The NFL is a tough business with no room for complacency.
          Having so stated, I hope we trounce the Gents!

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’ve been concerned about this very thing all week Stacy. Love the line about Manning having get a court order, classic. He’s going to need something. I’m hoping that the game being in Arrowhead will be the difference. If the fans can come out like they did against Dallas then it’s going to be tough for the Giants.

    One of the concerns I have is the match up of Fisher against Jason Pierre Paul. Fisher is really going to have his hands full. Personally I don’t think he’s ready for that yet. I get the feeling that Fisher is on the same learning curve as Poe is. He’s going to need a year, coming from a small school, to let the game catch up with him. Next year I will expect big things.

    Other than that the Chiefs should win. They’re a better team than the Giants and they’re playing at home. Unless they have a mental lapse they should handle the Giants easily.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You make a GREAT point about Fisher. The offense needs to show up in a big way this week. Can you say “run game?”

      • Calchiefsfan

        Let’s hope Reid turns him lose. I cannot understand why the fans have to call for Chiefs coaches to run Charles more. You’d think it would be a no brainer. We had to do it with Haley as well. You’re right Stacy, Charles could, (should), go off this week and that would keep JPP honest.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Well… At least Reid’s still putting the ball in his hands (in other ways). Wouldn’t be so bad if we had a reliable #2 back. I wish they’d sign a vet guy to help spell Charles.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Not sold on Knile Davis?

          • Curtis

            He’s still a fumbler. When they fix that, he could be a solid back.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Agreed, but he does show promise.

          • superman_25_58

            When has he fumbled when running the ball? Ya he muffed that damn kick but it was his first game at the CRAZY Arrowhead Stadium……. I would be nervous too he just needs time and he will be just fine

          • Curtis

            He was notorious for fumbling in college. Reid has talked about his tendencies and said they are working on getting him to hold onto the ball. I believe he did fumble a time or two in the preseason. Kind of an indicator that it may not yet be fixed.

          • superman_25_58

            Past is the past he hasn’t fumbled yet in any present games that count, that he has played in and that’s all that matters to me.

          • Curtis

            I’m not unaware. I made a point that I’m not sure you invalidated. He played a lot more in the preseason than he has in any “present games that count” and he fumbled. He obviously hasn’t had as many opportunities to fumble yet in the games that count. That being said, if he has to step up into the primary RB role for any reason, he better have his fumbling habit under control or he isn’t a legitimate number one back yet.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Not yet.

          • oldchiefsfan

            How about Cyrus Gray? I think he could be good with some experience.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I loved Gray coming out of college, but he simply hasn’t shown much yet.
            I haven’t given up on him or Davis. Just would like to see someone more consistent in the role for now.

          • superman_25_58

            Davis payed really well IMO….. When he played.

        • HerbanLegend

          I think one thing to keep in mind here in terms of JC’s leash being a little shorter than some Chiefs faithful would like is how notoriously prone he has been to injury. This is not to say that Reid shouldn’t turn him loose when the time is right, just something to keep in mind. If it keeps working as it has (wins) I would much rather see a conservative game plan when it comes to Jamaal – at least for the first chunk of the year – in the interest of preservation. The Chiefs will NEED a healthy JC come the second half of the season and as long as they can keep making it work until then, I think it isn’t a terrible idea to keep him relatively ‘safe’. Feel free to tear me down if you disagree, I just try to look at both sides of personnel issues such as this.

    • Curtis

      I agree that Fisher needs to get better. But his matchups with the Cowboys and Eagles weren’t exactly slouch or gimme matchups for anyone, let alone a rookie LT moved to RT.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        And Pierre-Paul won’t be this weekend.

        • Curtis

          I understand. Just wanted to point out that he hasn’t exactly had easy matchups thus far. He’s struggling yes. He’s struggling as a rookie who’s not a RT and is becoming one against good players. I just don’t buy into the NFL.com hype that he’s just a horrible player.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I don’t buy it either.

          • Calchiefsfan

            I don’t buy that either, that’s why I made the comparison to Poe. Give this kid some time and he could turn into a monster tackle in the NFL. It’s a long jump from Central Michigan to the NFL.

          • jacati

            Ditto. Biggest problem with the talking heads at this point is that they are running out of negative things to say about the Chiefs. It almost kills them to say anything positive about our boys. Read that article by that idiot Rosenthal the other day pontificating on the poor play of Fisher. Not a word said about the play of other 1st round selections,( Joeckel and Lane ).All this and we’re only three weeks into the season. Oh well. What are you gonna do?

      • superman_25_58

        Not to mention a rookie off the street TE not helping at all.

    • superman_25_58

      Getting your #1 and #2 TE’s back will play a huge part for fisher IMO.

  • Chiefswatch

    Cruz isn’t the physical freak that Dez is so it won’t be a problem for Flowers. I don’t think this is a trap game at all, the Giants are simply a bad team playing bad football. Yes they have Eli and Cruz but who else? They have no running game an an atrocious offensive line. The only chance the Chiefs lose this game is if something insane happens. But what won’t happen is all of a sudden a team that got smashed by an 0-2 Panthers team will of a sudden come into KC, play the 3-0 Chiefs and somehow win. Unless of course we are a pretender team.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Hakeem Nicks? Brandon Myers? The Giants have weapons.

      • Chiefswatch

        Bleh, the Cowboys had better weapons and an apparently very good team (if you take week 1 and three into account) and managed to score 16 points on this defense. And as far as Cruz…did Desean Jackson have a great game against Flowers? See my point. Not being a homer, just saying if we are a good team, like so many think we are, this game should not in any way be a problem. There were numerous blog posts saying we shouldn’t overlook Jacksonville too. A good team won’t get beat by the Giants. On ESPN we are ranked 5 in power rankings and NY is 30. If we lose to these losers we might as well give up on playoff hopes. And I would hesitate to call anyone on the Giants squad a weapon right now.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          If the favored team always won, the NFL wouldn’t be the top professional sport.
          Five NFC teams that made the postseason last year got beaten last Sunday.
          There are no guarantees here, sir.

          Victor Cruz is on pace for 1,500 yards and 15 TD’s. If he’s not a weapon, I’m not sure who is. He has more receiving yardage than any Chief does.

      • Chiefswatch

        Side note you rock. Read and responding to comments like a champ.

      • superman_25_58

        He isn’t faster than Desean Jackson (who I believe was the NFL’s leading 1/2 WR coming into the game) and Flowers held him to what 3 rec for 66 yards with his knee bothering him. If Flowers is healthy I don’t see Cruz being a problem.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Touche.

    • ArrowFan

      It is not like Flowers was out of position (for the most part) so I’m not worried about his ability to cover anyone. Most of the early passes to Dez where through ups anyway Dez was just making remarkable catches that’s all.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Flowers was out of position a LOT that game. Namely behind Bryant. Hahaha.

        • ArrowFan

          The only time I remember Dez flat out burning Flowers was the pass that He dropped late in the second half.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I remember. As much as I’m trying not to. Hahaha.

  • Aaron

    Great write up Stacy, definitely agree. All I have to say is, isn’t it nice that we are talking about this and not what we need to change to get a win…. Man it’s nice to be 3-0. I want this win because I will be at the Titans game and want 4-0 against my friends here in TN. I hope the offense comes out firing on all cylinders.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That Titans game is winnable too. Gotta deal with this Big Blue business first though.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That Titans game is winnable too. Gotta deal with this Big Blue business first though.

      • PunjabiPete

        Indeed. Humility is the key to success for this team. Someone needs to play Public Enemy’s “Don’t believe the hype” at practices… luckily ESPN is doing their part by crapping on us, everyone but Jerome Bettis. I hope we start getting some answers from the offense, answers to questions like “Where the hell are you?”

        • Stacy D. Smith

          They could stand to play some PE just because.
          “Don’t…Don’t…Don’t believe the hype!”

  • Gene Yuknis

    good article, i can’t disrespect the giants at all, i wish they had won 38-0 instead of the other way around. giants will come out hungry, they’ll be playing for pride alone, that’s dangerous. i can see this one coming down to a field goal at the end. and lets get bowe involved . go chiefs

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Exactly. Had they lost by 7 or 10 points, I’d feel different about it. That team got MOPPED last week. AND they’re 0-4 if they lose. No way they come in here completely flat like they were against the Panthers.

      • superman_25_58

        If the Giants O-Line couldn’t handle the Panthers D-Line than…….. the Chiefs could possibly get the most sacks in one game by any team in NFL history on Sunday! Just saying it’s a real possibility IMO!

  • ladner morse

    The thing about this match that I’ve always been afraid of is their DL against the Chiefs OL. On the other hand, I think it’s been the quick finesse players that give both, Eric Fisher and to a lesser degree Branden Albert, some problems. So we’ll see how they do against all of the big apple’s big boys.
    Excellent piece Reach!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Reid and Peterson ought to know how to slow down that rush by now.
      Use those crossing routes. They’ve been money all season.

      Thanks, Laddie!

    • Chiefswatch

      Yea especially considering they have been so dominant up front week 1-3. I mean you see all those sacks against Romo, Peyton, and Cam?? Oh you didn’t? Neither did I. Their pass rush is a joke right now.

  • Larry Devore

    Can not afford to look past the Giants.

    • tm1946

      Or any other team with 11 offensive and 11 defensive plays, 2 kickers. Stealing from RepOurChiefs – 2-14 last year, worst in the NFL, who is bad enough to be overlooked.

  • RepOurChiefs

    After a dismal 2-14 season I personally don’t think they would take anyone lightly. These Chiefs must feel like they have something toprove every game and its that chip upon shoulder that will keep the Def beasting and Off continuing to gel. There will be pressure every game and no gimmes. They play hard and winning as the go so what more could we ask for…4-0..thats what! And everything I read (including our very own AA) gave the 1st quarter of the season a 2-2 start…well I’d say they’ve exceeded expectations majorly. They didnt overlook the jags..nor will thy the giants.You dont overlook any1 with the last name “Manning”..I wouldnt care if it was their daddy out there under center! Lol

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Peyton Manning… Eli Manning… Taryn Manning…
      Pennsatucky is CRAZY! Wait… Sorry… My OITNB itch is flaring.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Ha! Do they have a support group for that? Because my itch feels more like im tweaking now. #OITNBonehellavadrug

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Oh man. Can’t wait for Season 2!

          • RepOurChiefs

            Indeed!

    • Lance P

      I will never guarantee a “win” with an average offense at the helm. However win or loose Eli is eating some turf… more than once.. way to much confusion last week to correct in one week. And its not a matter of luck on there O line. they are out sized.. and flat out out matched.

  • ArrowFan

    I fully agree with this article and if we loose we will all be blaming it on a mental lapse. Of course it should be very hard for our guys to loose focus at home.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’ll depend on how the team plays. Could just as easily be a lack of execution.
      That’s my point. You don’t win games from just showing up on Sundays. We need to outplay this team to win.

  • tim

    One game at a time! That is how Andy Reid coaches so I believe the Chiefs will handle their business. Flowers will win more battles on the field than he will lose. Our big D will hunt Eli down like a dog and turnovers will doom big blue yet again!

  • kcpauly

    Nice read Stacy and some very good points, but I think Reid will have the boys ready and our D will feast on lil’ Manning as an appetizer for the main Manning course, LOL… I would like to see our offense open it up a bit and hit a few big plays, other than that I am going 31-13 Chiefs
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

  • oldchiefsfan

    Stacy not to change the subject but how do you think our Front 7 matches up against their OL and protection schemes?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      On paper, we’ll have the advantage. Their offensive line is pretty terrible right now.
      We’re a bit banged up along the line though. The injury report will be out later today and we’ll see where DeVito is.

  • Michael Shaw

    You make great points Stacy, but on the flip side of that coin, what are the chances the Giants come in thinking we will be easy for them to beat? I mean in their minds we are likely still the 2-14 team from last year that got lucky against Dallas and Philly. No game is a given for any team and as Cleveland showed this past weekend, any team can win on any given Sunday, no matter how bad you think they are. GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • josey4u

    IT’S A TRAP!

    • HerbanLegend

      This.

  • Robert Roho Hohenfeldt

    I can’t imagine that Reid won’t have this team ready after a week and a half…..he knows better. Also, does anyone think that the Chiefs left over from last year, and the year before don’t want this 4-0 start just as much as the Giants don’t want to be 0-4 to start the season?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That’s an excellent point, Robert. I think desperation makes for more urgency than success though.

  • clay simester

    It’s kind of funny to see this article because at about halftime of the Giants game on Sunday, I was sitting here thinking to myself, “oh great, now we get to face them in their bounce-back game”. Apparently you agree! This sets up to be a classic trap game situation. We are coming off an impressive win as 3.5 point underdogs in an isolated, nationally televised, and media-hyped game on the road. Now at 3-0 and headed back home to face an 0-3 pathetic looking team, who just suffered an embarrassing and demoralizing asswhoopin’ from the Carolina Panthers of all people. So on paper, we shouldn’t have any problem taking care of this turnover machine of a NYG team. Well then why are we only 5 point favorites if everything seems to be so much in our favor? It’s because of a classic overreaction by the public who has just seen two teams that appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. A couple things we do have going for us is that we have had extra time to prepare, and Andy Reid is well known for his success when given plenty of time to gameplan, and also the fact that Reid is very familiar with his old division rivals. As far as mindset, I would hope that instead of crowning ourselves superbowl champs after only 3 games, we should still be getting used to being competitive every week, and being perceived as the better team, which should still bring excitement, energy, and enthusiasm to the lockerroom, rather than arrogance. Hell of an article by the way!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Thank you, Clay.

  • KCMikeG

    NO chance Reid let’s them overlook this game. They are totally humble and focused. This will get ugly for the NYg. Only thing that saves them is if Reid pulls starters which I fear he will do. Fear = Charles on FF team!

  • sidibeke

    This is totally a trap game. The G-men are perennial slow starters, and any time you have a good QB, you can win games. My hope lies with the pass rush. If their o line is as bad as it seems, we should be able to win. But you can bet NYG will fight hard.

  • T.Hagen

    Remember Andy Reid coached in that division, and I think he knows that the Giants are and can give the chiefs some problems. The Giants are one of those teams that come on strong when it counts plus any given Sunday any team can win. I’m worried about every game we play. That said I think we can win it especially with our defensive play and hopefully the offense gets even better every week.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I agree. The Chiefs are not good enough to get away with less than a B+ game. The Giants are hurting and being called out in the NY media. They could be like a cornered animal against us.

  • superman_25_58

    Victor cruz is no Dez Bryant in terms of size, skill and athleticism. I think Flowers will match up well with Cruz just like he did Jackson……. same story different chapter. Giants had a running game when the Giants came back and won the SB…………….. Not so much these days.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Just a few thoughts. Dont over work Charles. Give Gray an opportunity. Crowd noise can/will be a huge part of the game. RUN THE BALL EARLY!! Go big and run it down their throats then go Air Baghdad with Bowe deep. Wake up please Fisher. At this point no way can he cover the blind side next year. Handle adversity. You know it is coming so be ready for it. We run much better with a fullback vs running single back shotgun. Defense will win championships. Keep bringing the heat!!! Boy it has been exciting so far!! Do not EVER rest on your laurels. Play like an insane 2-14 team each week.