Time is quickly running out for the New York Giants to turn around their 2013 season. The y have lost each of its first three games handily, and is set to face one of the few remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.
It won’t be easy for the Giants to get their first win in Week 4. New York will visit the Kansas City Chiefs, who’ve started off the year at 3-0.
The Giants may have reached rock bottom last Sunday. They were shut out by the Carolina Panthers 38-0 in one of the most embarrassing defeats in franchise history. After seeing the game firsthand, former Giants great and current analyst Carl Banks called it “the most disturbing thing I’ve ever experienced.” He went on to tell WFAN radio that the teammates don’t like each other and aren’t willing to fight for one another.”
Banks may not be too far off with his comments. Amidst trade rumors that he might be sent ot the Detroit Lions, Hakeem Nicks complained about his lack of targets. Tom Coughlin subsequently criticized the wide receiver.
Adding injury to insult, the Giants will be without several key players in Week 4, especially in the area in which they’ve struggled the most. In addition to cornerback Corey Webster missing the contest, offensive line starters Chris Snee and David Baas did not make the trip to Kansas City. David Diehl is doubtful with a thumb injury, and likely won’t play even is he’s active, according to the Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
The Chiefs might be the one team that the Giants don’t want to face this week. After allowing Eli Manning to be sacked seven times against the Panthers, New York will face the club that has done a better job of getting to the quarterback than anybody. Kansas City leads the NFL with 15 sacks. Half of those have come courtesy of Justin Houston, with whom the Giants should have their hands full.
Kansas City has won their first three games by forcing turnovers and limiting mistakes. They’ve intercepted opposing quarterbacks four times, while Alex Smith has yet to throw his first pick since becoming a Chief. Andy Reid has forced him to play conservatively, with 23 other quarterbacks having thrown for more yards. The Kansas City offense has been efficient, though, tied for 12th in points per game.
Even though the two teams appear to be headed in opposite directions, they Chiefs are only slight favorites. They are giving New York four points, which indicates that it would be close to an even game on a neutral field. Kansas City has one of the biggest home-field advantages in football.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Betting Odds: Kansas City-4, 44
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream Online: NFL Sunday Ticket Max
Prediction: Kansas City 30, New York 13