How Giants could steal Monday Night Football win over Chiefs in Week 8

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Daniel Jones in white uniform ready to throw close-up
Daniel Jones in white uniform ready to throw close-up

If the Giants had any hope of salvaging this season, they needed to beat the Carolina Panthers on their home turf Sunday. And they checked that box in blowout fashion, as the defense stepped up to attack the struggling Sam Darnold-led offense, while Daniel Jones powered through injuries to his offensive weapons to put 25 points on the board.

But the Giants quickly shift gears to a team desperate for a win: the Kansas City Chiefs.

I know, it is weird to say that a Patrick Mahomes offense is craving the feeling of victory at this point in the season, but it is true that Kansas City is shaky right now.

That's just what the Giants might need to pull off an insane upset on Monday Night Football.

Big Blue has to go on the road, which is never fun for any team not wearing red and yellow inside Arrowhead Stadium. It's loud and normally where Andy Reid's Chiefs thrive. But these haven't been the normal, high-octane Chiefs the league has come to admire. They were just beat down by the Tennessee Titans on the road, 27-3, and although Mahomes had to leave the game to go under concussion protocol, he should be cleared to play by Monday.

But, despite the offense going up and down this season, the Giants' real chance to come away with a win on the road in primetime has to do with Kansas City's defense.

Looking at team stats, the Chiefs are giving up a total 404.6 yards per game this season, which is 28th in the NFL. And they're 26th in passing yards allowed per game at 275.7. It's insane to think about considering this is a team that has gone to back-to-back Super Bowls, but here we are.

The Titans exploited that on Sunday, as Ryan Tannehill launched the ball downfield and let his weapons make plays. That's where the Giants should follow suit, with OC Jason Garrett working plays downfield to go after the Chiefs' secondary that has struggled early this year.

It's not that they're penalized for defensive pass interference a lot (they have four calls of the sort on the year). They've just been allowing chunk plays. The defense, as a whole, is last in the league with 6.6 yards allowed per play, and a lot of that is due to this stat: Kansas City has let up 54 pass plays of 20 yards or more this season and nine of 40 yards or more. The first stat ranks 24th in the league.

So, it would bode well for the Giants if they thought downfield instead of dinking and dunking the ball. It's unknown whether or not Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney or Kenny Golladay would return for this matchup, though we know Saquon Barkley has an "outside chance" of playing.

Still, Darius Slayton and John Ross are deep threats that can be utilized. The Giants should also focus on establishing some sort of run game like they did against the Panthers. They kept Carolina on their toes with designed runs for Jones, and Booker did his job when he was handed the ball in the backfield. Even Eli Penny got some touches, too.

That leads to good play-action calls, which the Chiefs had many troubles with on Sunday (of course, making sure Derrick Henry is at bay draws into that equation).

The Giants may be a little bit battered, and again, the Chiefs are desperate for a win and Reid may pull out all the stops to get them back to .500. They still have Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and other weapons to work with, not to mention one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

But there's multiple flaws in this defense that teams have figured out this season, and the Giants can do the same. Throw the ball downfield, take your shots, get creative and this defense will break.

If the Giants can figure that out in their offensive gameplan, while carrying their defensive momentum as well, this primetime bout could roll in the favor of David instead of Goliath.