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Giants drop a close one to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football

Kansas City, MO -- The New York Giants fell short Monday night in their attempt to upset the Kansas City Chiefs. Here's what we learned throughout this game...

Offense

  • Patrick Mahomes and Daniel Jones traded interceptions during each of their first two drives. Jones, on the second play of the drive, was intercepted by Chiefs' LB, Willie Gay. That interception would set Kansas City up for their first score of the night.
  • The Giants' offense needs their healthy wide receivers back. The absence of Kenny Golladay plus the injuries to Dante Pettis, Sterling Shepard, and Kadarius Toney limited Daniel Jones' options.
  • Kansas City has failed to penetrate and offensive line consistently this season, but that changed today. The offensive line was beaten upfront today, and Jones was paying for it. Daniel Jones took most of his snaps from the shotgun to then roll outside of the pocket in order to save time before defenders reached him. The offensive line needs to tighten up in order to give Jones a chance, and with a fragile Barkley coming back in the near future, they need to be on top of their game.
  • The two tight ends showed up in crucial moments today. The only two scores came from Big Blue's top two tight-ends. Kyle Rudolph ended his 16-game streak of no touchdown catches, the longest of his career, with his first touchdown catch as a Giant today in the second quarter. Evan Engram, on his first target of the night, scored the Giants' second touchdown.
  • RB, Devontae Booker, has shown he's fully capable of producing recording his 4th 100-yard game tonight.

Defense

  • The Giants placed safety Jabrill Peppers on injured reserve earlier this week after he suffered an ACL tear in the game against the Panthers. Peppers is the third team captain out for the Giants in addition to Blake Martinez and Saquon Barkley.
  • Julian Love came away with the game's first interception on the Chiefs' opening drive. A tipped ball in the endzone gave way for Love to get a takeaway and give his offense a chance at the first score.
  • Cornerback, James Bradberry was able to force a fumble from Travis Kelce, and give way for the Giants' offense to score their second touchdown of the day.
  • Darnay Holmes may have had the turning-point interception for the Giants, but Oshane Ximines was flagged for being offsides, and the interception was erased.
  • Leonard Williams has had at least one sack in each of his last 3 games. Tonight he strip-sacked Mahomes, only for it to be recovered by the Chiefs.

Neither team was particularly disciplined tonight. New York had 10 penalties, continuing an unwanted trend of sloppy play. They must tighten up the offensive line in order to give Daniel Jones more time in the pocket to make the mature decisions.

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Sadie Frank is a high school writer from northern New Jersey. On top of writing for Jersey Sporting News, Sadie has her own football podcast, The Football Buzz. The Football Buzz podcast covers all teams and players in the league. You can find The Football Buzz on Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic.