It’s halftime of the KC Chiefs’ Sunday afternoon showdown against New York, and they trail the Giants 6-3 at MetLife Stadium. Here is Chiefs beat writer Terez A. Paylor’s quick analysis.
1. This was an embarrassing half
The Chiefs seemed so enthusiastic before the game. They were jumping around, slapping hands, seemingly ready to lay the smackdown on an interior opponent with a 1-8 record. Then the game starts and ... yikes. Look, anything can happen in professional football –– you know that. The other guys get paid, too. But I’m legitimately surprised the Chiefs, who are fresh off the bye, didn’t come out and smack this team in the mouth. The Giants werent even hustling on defense in their last game. To be trailing a team like this midway through the second quarter –– even by the score of 6-0 –– is unacceptable if you expect people to believe you’re really a Super Bowl team. Not to go Chappelle’s version of Rick James on you, but .... I give this team’s start –– two thumbs down! (Insert Rick James cackle). The juice has gone bad, Murphy! (James cackle).
2. It was good to see Dan Sorensen make a play
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Safety Daniel Sorensen’s first quarter interception in the red zone not only prevented the Chiefs from having an even bigger early deficit, it was also a positive sign for a secodnary that simply needs more playmaking. He made a heck of a read on the trick play, jumping the route near the sideline.
3. It’s time to shelve the shovel for a while
Either the Chiefs executed the shovel pass poorly in the first quarter or the Giants have scouted the heck out of it. Maybe both. Regardless, it might be time to find a new pet play. The Giants read the tight end shovel to Travis Kelce all the way, and it led to an interception that set up the Giants’ first score. The guy who intercepted, by the way, is Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who is listed at 341 pounds. That said ...
4. Keep feeding Kelce ... also, go downfield
The Giants are awful against tight ends. They literally cannot defend them. They’ve surrendered a touchdown to a tight end in 10 straight games. The Chiefs have one of the league’s best tight ends in Kelce. Time to go to more of those money plays for the Pro Bowler in the second half. Some of them should be downfield; quarterback Alex Smith hasn’t been attacking defenses vertically or throwing people open the last 1 1/2 games the way he was through the first eight contests. It’s on him to lift the play of this offense.
5. The Giants shouldn’t be able to block the Chiefs
The Giants have one of the worst offensive tackle situations in football. The Chiefs should be doing better in the pass rush against these guys. Through one half, they’ve not sacked or hit Eli Manning once in 11 attempts. Good Lord.