New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 6 things to know

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The New York Giants (2-5) head out to Kansas City this week to face the 3-4 Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

Here are six things to know ahead of the Week 8 game.

The all-time series

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This will be the 15th meeting between the Giants and the Chiefs since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970. The club first met in 1974 with the Giants winning, 33-27, behind head coach Bill Arnsparger at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Giants lead the all-time series, 11-3, and last faced the Chiefs in 2017 in the pre-Patrick Mahomes era. The Giants, under head coach Ben McAdoo, defeated Andy Reid’s bunch, 12-9.

Welcome back Andy Reid

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This will be the 36th time the Giants will face Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

As head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 years, the Giants and Reid met 31 times — 28 in the regular season and three times in the postseason.

Against Reid, the Giants are 15-15 in the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason.

The Giants are 2-0 over Reid as the head coach of Kansas City,

Chiefs are heavily favored

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Tipico currently has the Chiefs as 9.5-point favorites in this game in spite of the two teams’ most recent performances.

In Week 7, the Chiefs were flattened by the Titans in Tennessee, 27-3, while the Giants put on a dominant display at home, defeating the Carolina Panthers, 25-3.

Kansas City’s offense is the reason why. They led the NFL in total offense in 2020, averaging 414.7 yards per game. This year, despite their uneven performance on the scoreboard, they are averaging 419.3 yards per game, third in the NFL behind Dallas and Tampa Bay.

They call him Azeez

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Giants rookie outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari is playing at a fairly high level.

Ojulari racked up 2.5 sacks in Week 7 against Carolina and now has 5.5 sacks on the year, the fifth-most by a rookie in the first seven games of a season since 2011.

Ojulari also tied B.J. Hill for the most sacks by a rookie in Giants history. Hill had 5.5 sacks in 16 games in 2018, a record Azeez is almost certain to surpass.

The defense is back

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The Giants had a top-10 defense last season under coordinator Patrick Graham. This year through six games, they were a bottom 10 unit.

That changed on Sunday.

The Giants sacked the Panthers six times in Week 7 and held Carolina to 2.79 yards per play, the lowest mark by the Giants since Dec. 13, 2010 at Minnesota (2.69) and the third-lowest in the NFL this season.

Can they continue the momentum against a Chiefs team that is averaging an NFL third-best 6.2 yards per play? We’ll see. Against Tennessee last week, the Chiefs averaged 4.9 yards per play.

Turnovers to be the key?

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After forcing a turnover against Carolina last week, the Giants and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFL with a takeaway in each of the first seven games of the season — the first time the team has done so since 2011.

They face a Kansas City team that turned the football over a league-high 17 times and are tied with Jacksonville for the worst turnover ratio (-10) in the NFL this year.

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