NFL Preview: New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes to turn his season around

Week Eight of the NFL season ends on Monday night as the New York Giants take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas are heavy favourites and will be looking for only their fourth win against the Giants.

On paper, this week's edition of Monday Night Football does not jump out as a classic. The Kansas City Chiefs (3-4) and the New York Giants (2-5) have not had an ideal start to the season.

The Chiefs have been one of the surprise teams this season, but for all the wrong reasons.

Before the season, they were predicted to make it to three straight Super Bowls, but right now would be lucky to just make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Giants have been hit with the injury problems and have been without key players for much of the season. Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and their highest-paid receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) are both out again.

If the Chiefs are to get their season back on track, this game is the perfect time to do so against a depleted Giants team.

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Best bets Kansas City Chiefs vs New York Giants

New York Giants under 18.5 points 11/8

Kansas City Chiefs over 39.5 points 11/4

Kansas City Chiefs -13.5 11/8

When: November 2, 2021 - 12.15am (BST)

Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

How to watch: NFL Game Pass/Sky Sports NFL

Background information: New York Giants vs Kansas City Chiefs

The New York Giants have very much been the injured Giants for the majority of the 2021 NFL season. Against Kansas City, they will be without Barkley and wide receiver Golladay. The latter was signed in the off-season to a four-year, $72million in the hopes of being the team's number one receiver.

Last time out, New York came out victorious with a 25-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones made up for a lack of star plays across the offense as he ran the ball, threw a touchdown pass and even made a great catch on a trick play.

The defense also had a big game against the Panthers, which appears to be the only good thing about the Giants season so far. They recorded an interception and a safety and will be crucial if the Giants are to stop Kansas City.

What has happened to Kansas City?

Before the season started, many tipped the Chiefs to be the best team in the league especially with quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the helm. But they have struggled offensively through the first seven weeks of the 2021 NFL season and received a lot of criticism from their fanbase.

Monday is the biggest must-win game for the franchise. It would move them to .500 and provide a springboard for the rest of the season.

Only linebacker Anthony Hitchens and defensive tackle Khalen Saunders won't suit up for the Chiefs so the squad is looking fairly healthy, and they can use this game to get some much needed good vibes back at the Arrowhead Stadium. Irrespective of what has happened so far, the Chiefs have time to turn their season around and that has to start with a win Monday night.

Quarterback matchup: Daniel Jones vs Patrick Mahomes

Daniel Jones vs Patrick Mahomes

This week's matchup is a big one for both Daniel Jones and Patrick Mahomes, and should be seen as a springboard to restart their seasons.

Due to the injury problems that have hit the Giants, Jones is carrying the team's offense on his shoulders. On Monday, the Giants offense will predominately be made up of backups, meaning that once again it will be down to Jones to lead his team to victory. Last time out, he become the first Giants quarterback to catch a pass since Kerry Collins in 2001.

He has the third-most rushing yards by a quarterback with 229-yards and is slowly becoming a dual-threat quarterback. The 229 rushing yards makes him the side's leading rusher, further showing how much he has been doing for the team.

Although that is largely down to injuries on the team rather than a tactical decision by the Giants' coaching staff. If the Giants are to register their third win of the season, then it will be down to the Jones carrying the team once again.

For the first time in his NFL career, Mahomes has been questioned as quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs. He has had a poor season by his high standards leading to a lot of NFL talk shows discussing if he has been figured out by the league.

Mahomes has thrown nine interceptions which ties for the most in the league. Last week against the Tennessee Titans he had the worst game of his career - it was the first time he had played an NFL game without a passing touchdown or 250 passing yards and threw an interception in his sixth straight game.

However, if you watch one of the numerous compilations of Mahomes throwing an interception, you'll see that a lot of his receivers are making errors and not making catches. The team can't win if this is the case and there is not much Mahomes can do when this happens. Mahomes is one of the leagues best quarterbacks and his poor run of games will surely end soon - as they say form is temporary and class is permanent.

Key men New York Giants vs Kansas City Chiefs

Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

Sterling Shepard is currently listed as questionable for the game on Monday, but the Giants believe he will be fit and ready to go and boy do they need him. Shepard has 299-yards on 28 receptions and a touchdown. With injuries to other key receivers such as Kenny Golladay, the Giants will need Shepard to be Jones' go-to guy on Monday.

Against the Denver Broncos in Week One, Shepard had his best game of the season, 113-yards and one touchdown. A similar performance against the Chiefs would be much appreciated by the Giants no doubt.

Leonard Williams - New York Giants

Leonard Williams has revitalised his NFL career as a Giant

In 2015, Williams was drafted sixth overall by the New York Jets. Things didn't work out for Williams in the green and white as he didn't turn out to be the player they were expecting. In 2019, Williams was traded the Giants for a third and a fifth-round pick.

Since becoming a Giant, Williams has improved considerably and signed a three-year $63million deal in March 2021. So far this season, Williams has 39 tackles and 4.5 sacks and will need to have the biggest game of his career in trying to contain Patrick Mahomes.

Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs

He may be one of the league's best receivers but in recent weeks, Hill has not been helping out his quarterback as well as he can. Having said that, his numbers on the season are simply fantastic. He has 641-yards and five touchdowns so far and these could dramatically increase against a Giants defense that will be missing key pieces.

Since 2019, Hill has 27 touchdowns which is the second most in that span behind Mike Evans. His breakneck speed makes him one of the most unique receivers in the league, you combine that with his ability to track the ball and make big catches downfield and you have one dynamic player.

Tyrann Mathieu - Kansas City Chiefs

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Tyrann Mathieu is one of the league's most talented defensive players and is currently in a five-year $69.9million deal. He can run routes with opposition receivers, make tackles in the open field and can be a part of blitz packages. All of this makes him a weapon for the Chiefs and someone that can make a game-changing play every time he steps on the field.

He has made 27 solo tackles as well as two interceptions on the season - both of his interceptions came in Week Two against the Baltimore Ravens.

Previous matchups

Giants/Chiefs
Giants/Chiefs

November 19, 2019: Kansas City Chiefs 9 New York Giants 12

These two sides have played infrequently throughout the history of the NFL - the last time these two sides was just the 14th time they've faced off.

The New York Giants upset the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs when Aldrick Rosas kicked a game-winning field goal in overtime. The win snapped the Giants three-game losing streak and saw them move to a 2-8 record. For Kansas City, it was their fourth loss in five games.

The Giants defense picked off Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith twice, both times it lead to the Giants scoring points. It was not a pretty win for New York but it was a win nonetheless.

September 29, 2013: New York Giants 7 Kansas City Chiefs 31

Back in 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs were unbeaten and the New York Giants were winless. The two sides met in Week Four and nothing changed, the Chiefs were dominant in all three phases of the game and moved to 4-0 on the season.

Quarterback Alex Smith threw three touchdowns and Dexter McCluster had a 89-yard touchdown punt return as the Chiefs seamlessly took care of the hapless Giants.

October 4, 2009: New York Giants 27 Kansas City Chiefs 16

Four years before they met and the Chiefs were unbeaten and the Giants were winless, the scripts were flipped and the Giants were the side that won to move to 4-0 on the season.

Giants quarterback, Eli Manning threw for 292-yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game due to a bruised heel. He stayed in one more play after noticing the pain in his heel, a 54-yard touchdown to Hakeem Nicks. 2009 was a special year for the Giants as they went on to win their second Super Bowl in the Eli Manning era in New York.