It looks like the Chiefs caught quite a break getting to play the NFC East this season.
By Randy Covitz
The Kansas City Star
It’s reminiscent of 2010, when the Chiefs fattened up with a 4-0 record against the NFC West, then considered the weakest division in the league, en route to a 10-6 season and AFC West title.
This year, it appears the NFC East is the soft spot as only Dallas, 2-1, has a winning record, with their loss to the Chiefs. The Eagles, whom the Chiefs beat last week, are 1-2, while Washington and New York are 0-3.
The Giants, fresh off a 38-0 loss at Carolina, visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Here, courtesy the New York Giants’ website reporter Michael Eisen, are some notes and stats from their loss at Carolina:
• The Giants fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1996, when they lost their first three games for the second year in a row. The 1996 team finished 6-10. Coach Tom Coughlin is 0-3 for the first time since his expansion Jacksonville Jaguars lost their first four games in 1995.
• The Giants started 5-2 or better in each of Coughlin’s first nine seasons with the Giants.
• This was the Giants’ most one-sided loss of the 10-year Coughlin era. That mark previously belonged to a 44-7 defeat at Minnesota on Jan. 3, 2010.
• The 38-point margin of defeat was the Giants’ largest since Dec. 14, 2003, when they lost in New Orleans, 45-7.
• It was the third-worst shutout in Giants history. On Oct. 10, 1948, they lost to the Eagles in Philadelphia, 45-0, and on Nov. 4, 1973, they were defeated in Oakland, 42-0. The Giants were last shut out on Dec. 16, 2012 at Atlanta, 34-0.
• This was the first game in which the Giants and their opponents entered with matching 0-2 records since Oct. 2, 1972 at Philadelphia. The Giants defeated the Eagles, 27-12, to start a four-game winning streak.
• The Giants’ 90 net passing yards was their lowest total since they passed for 49 yards against Miami in London on Oct. 28, 2007. They entered the game with an NFL-best 390.5 net passing yards per game.
• Eli Manning was sacked seven times for 45 yards in losses. That’s the most sacks allowed by the Giants since Sept. 17, 2006, when they gave up eight sacks in an overtime victory in Philadelphia.
• Manning completed 12 of 23 passes for 119 yards and an interception. The 12 completions were his fewest since he had 10 vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 4, 2012 and the 119 yards was his lowest total since he had 119 at Minnesota on Dec. 28, 2008 — a game in which he played only the first half. It was Manning’s lowest total in a full game since Dec. 23, 2007, when he threw for 111 yards in a victory at Buffalo.
• Manning ran for 14 yards and a first down on the Giants’ third offensive play. It was his longest run since a 16-yarder at Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 2010.
• Mathias Kiwanuka had the Giants’ only sack, a 15-yard takedown of Cam Newton in the first quarter. It was Kiwanuka’s first sack of the season and the Giants’ third.
• The Giants committed three turnovers (two interceptions, including one by Curtis Painter on their final possession, and a fumble) to increase their three-game total to 13.
• Fullback Henry Hynoski suffered a fractured shoulder. He will undergo further tests to determine if the injury is season-ending.
• Carolina kicker Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was the longest field goal by a Giants opponent since Sept. 14, 2008, when the Rams’ Josh Brown — now the Giants’ kicker — booted a pair of 54-yarders in a Giants victory in St. Louis.