Chiefs vs. Giants: Notes And Thoughts On Kansas City’s Resounding Win


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The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0, and believe it or not, the team that won two games all of last season currently looks like one of the better teams in the NFL.

The Chiefs took another step forward with a resounding 31-7 win over the visiting New York Giants.

Special teams was great, the defense once again forced turnovers and the offense put some points up on the board.

Arrowhead was loud as expected, and Andy Reid’s team did not disappoint. This wasn’t a fluke win, and anybody who has watched this team at all this season should be starting to get the feeling that the Chiefs are for real.

I went through and re-watched every snap of this game, thanks to NFL Rewind. Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of this AA writer while watching the game? Well, even if you didn’t, here are my notes and thoughts on the Chiefs win over the Giants:

1st Quarter

–Alex Smith’s mobility and ability to evade pressure is easily his most underrated quality. He reminds me a lot of Aaron Rodgers in regard to his ability to move around the pocket.

–Seeing a few empty sets from the Chiefs on offense so far. Good to see them spreading the Giants out. I’m happy with that game plan.

–Never want to see a punt on the first drive, but man is a heck of a weapon for this team. Field position is huge.

–Four and out (penalty) for the Giants’ offense to start the game. How can they hear out there? Chiefs’ defense flying around.

–Dwyane Bowe with the catch on the second drive. Good to see him getting involved early.

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–One word to describe the Chiefs’ defense right now? Swarming…

–Special teams playing a big role early on. So are yellow flags.

–Jamaal Charles getting stuffed early on by the Giants’ defense.


2nd Quarter


–Chiefs knocking on the doorstep of their first score to start the quarter. Always nice to start and finish quarters strong.

–The beard, Sean McGrath with a touchdown. This guy is going to become a fan favorite very quickly.

Chiefs: 7, Giants: 0

–Why do beards make people so popular? Thankfully I can grow one.

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-Victor Cruz has some great speed, and Manning has a nice arm. Good touchdown for the Giants, can’t do anything about it.

Chiefs: 7, Giants: 7

–Jamaal Charles is soo effective out of the backfield.

–Just watched Dontari Poe blow back the line of scrimmage. Got in on the tackle even though the play went outside. This guy is becoming a special defender.

–Tamba Hali forces a fumble. With all the focus on Justin Houston and how good he has been, Hali is going under the radar a bit.

–This Chiefs’ defense thrives on turnovers. Kansas City will win games because of this unit.

-Chiefs just offered up one of the strangest fumbles I’ve ever seen. Not even sure what happened.

–Every time the defense makes a big play, Arrowhead explodes. Defense is becoming an art here in Kansas City. People are excited about it.

–Special teams come through for Kansas City with a long field goal. Always good to score before half.

Chiefs: 10, Giants: 7


–Nice two minute offense from the Giants. Too bad their kicker hooked it.

3rd Quarter


–It was huge for Kansas City’s defense to come out of half and force a punt. Don’t let the Giants gain any momentum or confidence.

–Sean McGrath making the most of his opportunities, as tight ends tend to do.

-Alex Smith just made a bad read and forced an interception. The cornerback had clearly cut of Bowe’s slant route and had gotten underneath it. Bad play for Kansas City by both Smith and Bowe. That was a surprising play.

–Chiefs’ defense helping the offense out, forcing another punt.

–Quintin Demps with the nice pick. Credit the pressure there, and a horrible decision by Manning. Was basically a punt for the Giants, but still, KC set up with great field position.

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–Alex Smith with two interceptions? That one was an unlucky break, but wow, the anti-Smith crowd is really going to take advantage of this.

–Donnie Avery not having a good day. Few dropped passes.

–Chiefs’ offense stalling. The defense is really doing a good job shutting down the Giants and keeping Kansas City on top.

–Dexter McCluster goes 89 yards for a score on a punt return. Made some Giants’ special teamers look silly. Some of his moves were straight out of a Madden game.

Chiefs: 17, Giants, 7

–Special teams and defense will make this Chiefs team very dangerous and will allow them to beat any team in the NFL.


–Arrowhead is loud right now, and that’s an understatement.

–Eric Berry is everywhere for the defense right now.

4th Quarter

–Dexter McCluster is having a great day. He’s going to get an Arrowhead from me, for sure.

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–Tight ends having a big day for the Chiefs.

–I think Jamaal Charles is going to get an Arrowhead as well. Another touchdown through the air.

Chiefs: 24, Giants, 7


–The fans are loud right now. Really enjoying what looks to be a great win for Kansas City. 4-0 on the horizon.

–Eric Berry makes a defensive play. The Chiefs force another turnover. Anybody surprised? No.

–Dwayne Bowe with a tremendous touchdown. Really fought for it.

Chiefs: 31, Giants, 7


–Hard to believe the Giants are going to be 0-4. They have some talent, but overall, this is not a good team.

-Credit Kansas City for winning a game it should have won. Defense continued to look great and force turnovers. Offense made the plays it needed to make, and special teams, well, special teams continued to be a game-changer.

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–This is a playoff team.