While some of us are still looking back to analyze Week 6 for what we can learn and turning toward Week 7 to preview the upcoming matchup, there’s a bit of news that could have a significant impact on the K.C. Chiefs upcoming battle in Week 8 against the New York Giants.
On Sunday, Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas injured his right ankle in the team’s game against the Los Angeles Rams and he would not return. It turns out the injury is going to take signiificant time to recover, at least enough for the Giants to place him on injured reserve in order to gain a roster spot back while waiting for him to heal.
Thomas was the fourth overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and serves as the blindside protector for Daniel Jones. The loss of Thomas is a major step back for an offensive line that already came into the season ranked as the worst overall unit by Pro Football Focus. The Giants are currently No. 30 overall in points scored, so moving the chains is going to be even tougher with Thomas on the left side.
The Giants will not have left tackle Andrew Thomas when they visit the Chiefs in Week 8.
The Giants will likely go with Matt Peart as they have when Thomas went down in previous weeks when Thomas couldn’t play for one series or another.
As for the Chiefs, they were already going to be favored by quite a bit over the visiting 1-5 Giants in this primetime game at home—it’s on Monday Night Football. While the Chiefs defensive front should be expected to feast on an occasion like this, the truth is that previous opponents have also seen their front lines decimated by injuries and yet the Chiefs have failed to take advantage. The Baltimore Ravens didn’t have Ronnie Stanley in Week 2, but you’d never know it by watching the Chiefs lack any real teeth up front.
Then again, the Giants are a much lesser opponent than anyone they’ve faced so far and might be the single weakest team on the Chiefs schedule. It could be a nice coming out party for the likes of Frank Clark and Chris Jones, assuming they are actually healthy and ready to go themselves.