The New York Giants head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs for a week eight matchup on Monday Night Football. Last time out, the Giants (2-5) beat the Panthers at home 25-3, while the Chiefs (3-4) dropped a tough one in the Music City 27-3.
The Giants look for their second straight win against a struggling Chiefs team. Currently tied for last in the NFC East, every game is a must-win for the Giants to have any chance at the NFC East title. Meanwhile, the Chiefs dropped their second game in the last three weeks and are hanging on in a tough AFC West division. Let’s dive into this matchup and analyze both teams for Monday Night.
New York Giants Betting Preview: The Defense is Back
The Giants got back in the win column, dominating the Panthers at home. The defense put in a solid performance giving up just three points after surrendering 82 points in their last two games. The defensive front earned six sacks and forced Sam Darnold out of the game.
After forcing a turnover against Carolina last week, the Giants and the Colts are the only teams with a takeaway in each of the first seven games. The defense will be the key in this matchup; if they can keep Patrick Mahomes off the field, they will have a real shot in this game.
The Giants have defended the pass well in 2021, ranking 14th in the league allowing 343 yards through the air. New York concedes 25.7 points per game and will have a tough assignment against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ playmaking offense.
With almost all of the receivers on the injured list, Jason Garret and the New York offense are getting creative. We know Daniel Jones can throw and run the ball pretty well, but last week against the Panthers, Garret called up a play that had Jones make an incredible one-handed grab down the sideline.
The 20th ranked offense is coming off a solid week in which they put up 322 yards of offense and 25 points. Daniel Jones should feast on a Kansas City defense that is ranked 28th overall and is giving up a whopping 275 yards in the air and 29 points per game.
Kansas City Chiefs Betting Preview: Chief’s defense must step up against Giants
The Chiefs come into this matchup with a surprising 3-4 record and find themselves in last place in the AFC West standings. It seemed like things couldn’t get much worse for the Chiefs, yet they suffered an embarrassing loss to the Titans 27-3.
The Chief’s stock is falling rapidly after getting anything going on offense against the Titans. The Chiefs’ three points are the lowest-scoring game of the Patrick Mahomes/Andy Reid era.
Be that as it may, the offense still ranks 3rd in the NFL in total yards. Kansas City is averaging 27 points a game and is a threat every time they touch the ball. The main problem is their defense hasn’t been able to stop a cold.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs are surrendering over 400 yards to opposing offenses. In addition, opponents are averaging 29 points and 275 yards through the air. The secondary is so bad; it even allowed a touchdown to run back Derrick Henry last week.
The offense can only do so much, so they’ll have to start making stops and forcing turnovers if they want to compete for a playoff spot.
Betting Lines & Odds
Kansas City opens this matchup as the 10 point favorites on MyBookie. The point total is set at 52.5
Moneyline: Chiefs -445 | Giants +345
Free Betting Pick
On the one hand, it’s hard to put any faith in the Chiefs at this stage in the season. On the other hand, the Chiefs are playing the Giants. Kansas City still has the more talented roster with arguably the best quarterback in league with dynamic weapons on the outside.
Be that as it may, the Chiefs’ defense has been absolutely horrible this season and showcased that again last week. The Giants’ offense is nothing special, but I think they can keep this game close. The Chiefs have disappointed all season, and I don’t think it stops here. 9.5 points are just way too many in this game. Back the Giants.