4 Keys To Victory For the Chiefs vs. Giants


Hit the Giants on the punt return

Punt returner Dexter McCluster has returned 12 punts for an average of 11.1 yards a return. His longest return was 36 yards. That has the Chiefs ranked No. 6 in the league after 3 games. The Giants are No. 32 in punt coverage, giving up an 81-yard return for a touchdown and an average return because of that for 19 yards. That’s on only 8 of punter Steve Weatherford’s punts that have been returned. It’s time for McCluster and that punt return unit to make a bigger contribution for the Chiefs special teams.


Keep that giveaway number to zero

It’s unrealistic to think the Chiefs can go much longer without turning the football over. The nature of the game is such that sooner or later, the ball is going to slip, or be tipped or simply lost in exchange. But the longer they can keep that number at zero, the better the Chiefs chances are of winning from week to week. The Giants have 4 takeaways on the season (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered). New York’s pass rush has been anemic with just 3 sacks in that many games. Improve the protection and hold onto the football will make the Chiefs very happy come late afternoon on Sunday.


Score touchdowns on offense

Sooner or later to keep winning games, the Chiefs are going to need the offense to step up and put the ball in the end zone more than twice per game. That’s what they have right now, with 2 rushing TDs from Jamaal Charles and 4 TD passes by Alex Smith. Given the extra opportunities that the offense has been gifted with because of the 9 defensive takeaways and improved field position, there’s more that must be done by the Chiefs with the turnover advantage that they have built in 3 games. The Chiefs defense returned 2 interceptions for touchdowns. On the other 7 takeaways, the Chiefs offense produced a touchdown and 3 field goals. That’s 9 takeaways and just 30 points. That’s not enough, and it’s up to the offense to change that pattern. The New York defense has allowed 11 offensive touchdowns this season and opponents have scored 36, 41 and 38 points.


Keep up the barrage of sacks

Bob Sutton’s defense has been putting the heat on quarterbacks with 15 sacks in 128 passing plays, or one every 8.5 times the opponent has dropped back to throw the ball. The Giants best player on offense is QB Eli Manning and he’s been struggling due to poor pass protection. Manning has gone down 11 times and he’s completed 58.8 percent of his passes and thrown 8 interceptions. The Giants have not been able to run the ball, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry so far this season, and they are less than 30 percent on converting 3rd-down plays. Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and friends need to pad their stats and keep Manning uncomfortable in the pocket.

2 Responses to “4 Keys To Victory For the Chiefs vs. Giants”

  • September 28, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Bob; Am I allowed to have a “little fun”. Here are the 3 keys to victory. See #2. If that doesn’t work go to the 3rd paragraph from the top. If all else fails go to the 2nd paragraph from the bottom.

  • September 28, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    Bob Sutton is Andy’s Jim Johnson.

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