Sunday, September 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Chiefs 31, Giants 7
By Dan Graziano
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 31-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: The Giants are 0-4 for the first time since 1987, when they lost the first three games of the strike-shortened season with replacement players and their first five overall, and went on to finish 6-9. The last time they were 0-4 in a non-strike season was 1979, when they started 0-5 and finished 6-10. The 1992 San Diego Chargers are the only team to reach the playoffs after starting 0-4 and winning 11 of their final 12. So while it's not, technically, over for the Giants, it's all but. The Giants have lost nine of their past 12 games.
Stock watch: Hakeem Nicks, DOWN. It's wrong to single out one player, given the breadth of the issues the Giants have on offense right now. But we'll get to all of that. For now, let's take note that Nicks isn't helping enough in the passing game. The leg injuries of recent seasons look to have taken a major toll on him. He can't get separation from defenders the way he used to, and he had a couple of shaky-looking drops. His chances of scoring that big free-agent contract next spring are fading by the week.
All about the blocking: The issues with the offensive line and with the overall blocking are crippling the Giants' offense. Right before Dexter McCluster's punt-return touchdown, they elected not to go for it on fourth-and-1 because they can't trust their line to get any push. There was a third-and-1 run by David Wilson to the right side on which they got no outside blocking by the tight ends. Eli Manning and the offense can't establish anything offensively because they can't trust that they'll have time and space in which to operate.
What's next: The Giants will host the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles are 8-3 against the Giants the past five years but are obviously under new management with Chip Kelly having replaced Andy Reid as head coach. After winning in Week 1 in Washington, the Eagles lost two straight heading into Sunday's late game against the Broncos.