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Five things to know about the Giants, the Chiefs’ next opponent

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The Associated Press

Coming off their bye, the Chiefs will be facing one of the worst teams in the NFL.

The reeling Giants hit a new low on Sunday, losing 31-21 to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers. New York is 1-8 this season, and there have been all sorts of problems for the G-men.

During the season, I’ll provide a quick overview of the next Chiefs’ opponent early in each week, and here are a few things to know about the Giants.

1. Locker room strife

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported before the Giants’ home game against the Rams on Nov. 5, which LA won 51-17, that a couple of Giants players said that coach Ben McAdoo had “lost the team.”

“I would say this last week (against the Rams), even after the game, a lot of guys were like at their wit’s end,” one player told Anderson. “You could tell even on the sidelines. I just got the vibe; you can tell when the team has quit, and it just felt like we did. It felt like nobody wanted to be there, and the whole week (McAdoo) didn’t give us the day off last week (after players returned from the team’s bye). Guys were a little upset about that — even though we did get a bye week — so the morale was kind of shaky.”

Additionally, a pair of Giants cornerbacks have been suspended at different times this season by McAdoo. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was involved in a sideline altercation on Oct. 11. The week before the blowout loss to the Rams, Janoris Jenkins was suspended for for conduct detrimental to the team. Both are back with the team now.

After the Giants’ loss to the 49ers, there was speculation that McAdoo may lose his job — perhaps as early as this week.

2. The offense

New York is 25th in total yards, averaging 307.6 yards per game. They are tied for 28th (with the Chicago Bears) in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

The Giants’ rushing attack is ranked 25th in the NFL, averaging 89.8 yards per game. They have just two rushing touchdowns on the season.

During one stretch of the second half of Sunday’s game, the Giants managed just one first down in three drives as the 49ers took control.

3. Quarterback Eli Manning

Manning made his 208th consecutive regular-season start on Sunday, which tied him with his brother Peyton for the second-most consecutive starts in NFL history for a quarterback. Brett Favre is the record-holder with 297 straight starts.

Manning has completed 215-of-333 passes this season for 2,093 yards, with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Those are great numbers, but Manning’s receiving corps has been decimated.

One of his favorite targets, Odell Beckham Jr., is out for the season after he broke his ankle during the Giants’ fourth game of the season. Brandon Marshall had season-ending surgery on his ankle last month. New York rookie tight end caught a touchdown pass for the fourth straight game on Sunday.

4. The defense

The days of the Giants’ fearsome defense are long gone.

New York is ranked 31st in total defense (400.3 yards allowed per game) and 28th in points allowed (26.6). The Giants have allowed 82 points in their last two games, and they’ve been burned by big plays. On Sunday, the 49ers scored a touchdown on an 83-yard pass from quarterback C.J. Beathard to Marquise Goodwin.

The Giants had perhaps the worst defensive play of 2017 a week earlier when the Rams converted a third-and-33 play and it ended up as a touchdown:

5. Special teams

The Giants have had troubles in all area of their special teams.

Punter Brad Wing is having a terrible season. His gross average of 44.1 yards is not bad, but the Giants are last in net average (36.0 yards). He’s had one punt blocked, and the Giants have had a league-low eight punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas has made 10 of 15 field-goal attempts, and on Sunday one of his kickoffs went out of bounds. New York has had just 18 touchbacks, which ranks 29th in the NFL.

In October, return man Dwayne Harris broke his foot and is out for the season.

Terez Paylor, the Kansas City Chiefs beat writer for The Star, gives his insights on the 16-game schedule, which was released by the NFL on Thursday, April 20.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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