Our Week 11 staff picks and predictions are in for the Chiefs-Giants game and there’s little doubt about the outcome of this lopsided contest.
With the Kansas City Chiefs finally ready to come back off of the bye week, our staff writers here at Arrowhead Addict were quite glad to have some actual football to predict once again. Fortunately we’re as rested and ready to go as our beloved Chiefs, and there’s really no way around picking K.C. to win this game over the New York Giants given how poor the G-men look at this point.
Here’s a full rundown of our Week 11 picks and predictions for the Chiefs-Giants game.
Chiefs 31, Giants 20
The Giants are awful and the Chiefs are coming off both a loss and the bye week, so players should feel as refreshed as they’ve felt since the start of the season. Expect the Chiefs to rush the ball early and often against a defense that, believe it or not, is worse against the run then the Chiefs. Considering the high level of quit that is showing up in the Giants this season, stopping the run is all about effort, so eventually, the run game will going.
The Chiefs’ inability to truly play great defense and their recent insistence that Kenneth Acker play over Terrence Mitchell indicates the Giants likely will be able to move the ball, at least a little bit. Perhaps a touchdown or two will be scored, but it’s hard to imagine the bad offensive line will be able to create enough holes and passing lanes consistently to score enough points to win the game.
Keep an eye on the defensive front seven and play calling with that front. This is the type of offensive line against which this defense can build confidence, if healthy. If they are timid in their approach and play calling and continue to play a soft approach, fans should be concerned, as it presents an opportunity for an opponent to make plays and pull an upset. However, I think the upset doesn’t happen here, and the Chiefs will keep pace for a playoff bye week. [John McCarty]
Chiefs 27, Giants 17
Andy Reid is the best head coach in the NFL at parlaying the bye week. Over the course of his career, he’s 16-for-18 coming off of the break. More importantly, he’s at the helm of a team that’s recently lost its way and will look to rebound as their schedule resumes with seven games left to play in the regular season. The New York Giants are one of the worst teams in the NFL and on paper appear to be just the game a struggling team needs to regain its bearings.
The Giants are one of the worst teams in the league at surrendering big plays (those over 40 yards). Conversely, the Chiefs are the NFL’s best. Look for Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt to have big days against a New York defense that is among the National Football League’s five worst in points (28th), total yardage (31st), passing yards (30th) and rushing yards (30th). Kansas City’s defense will have a few struggles of its own trying to corral wide receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram (Eli Manning’s best pass catchers). The Giants will score, but ultimately fall by two scores to the Chiefs. Good guys win this one, 27-17. [Reach]
Chiefs 31, Giants 13
Andy Reid is always good after the bye week with extra time to prepare. The offense will get back to looking dominant and the defense will look better than it is with the Giants top two receivers being out and the Giants offensive line being weak. It will be a good confidence boost for the team after the bye week. [Travis Steffen]
Chiefs 34, Giants 20
The Kansas City Chiefs will win Sunday 34-20. This game will never be in doubt yet will still be frustrating to Chiefs fans. The Chiefs should be by 30 points, but Andy will call off the dogs early and keep the game at arms length. I expect the offense and defense to look good but it won’t change anyone’s fears about the playoffs ahead. [Britt Zank]
Chiefs 28, Giants 6
On paper this is lopsided. One of the best coaches of a generation versus one ready to be fired. An offense firing on all cylinders versus one that can’t locate the end zone. A team trying to reverse its momentum versus one already ready for the offseason. The Chiefs have every reason to walk back and forth over the little dignity Ben McAdoo and company have left on Sunday and I think it will happen. [Matt Conner]