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Chiefs at Giants – The Playbook: The 3 keys for Big Blue

CHIEFS AT GIANTS, at METLIFE STADIUM

When: 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 2

LINE: Chiefs by 10 1/2

6 underappreciated Giants who deserve more playing time Sunday

The Giants continue to search for their first home win and second win of the season and this week they will have to do it against a high-powered Kansas City Chiefs team. Ben McAdoo is telling fans to come watch a “great show,” but will it be the Giants or Chiefs who provide the entertainment? Here’s how things could swing the Giants’ way:

STOP TRAVIS KELCE

The Giants have had putrid performances against tight ends all season long and now face one of the best in the league in Travis Kelce. The Giants have allowed touchdowns to 10 different tight ends this season, one in every game. Kelce has five this season and as one of Alex Smith’s favorite targets, he could be in for a big day unless the Giants magically find a way to finally contain tight ends.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce

(Charlie Riedel/AP)

WHEELER VS. HOUSTON

Undrafted rookie Chad Wheeler is likely making his NFL debut on Sunday at right tackle and will be tasked with stopping Chiefs pass-rusher Justin Houston from wreaking havoc on Eli Manning. Houston has 7.5 sacks this season while Wheeler, a USC product, normally plays left tackle, so he will be out of his natural position. Talk about being thrown into the fray for your first NFL start.

BIG PLAYS AND SPECIAL TEAMS

The Giants have been susceptible to allowing explosive plays the last two weeks, surrendering touchdowns of 83, 69, 52 and 47 yards. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have scored 11 touchdowns from scrimmage on plays 20 yards or longer, eight of which were at least 50 yards. Tyreek Hill also presents the threat of a big play on punt returns, where he returned one for 82 yards against the Texans earlier this year. 

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INJURY REPORT

Giants: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) and OL Justin Pugh (back) are OUT. LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) is DOUBTFUL. WR Sterling Shepard, DT Damon Harrison (ankle) and LB Devon Kennard (quad) are QUESTIONABLE.

Chiefs: DE Allen Bailey (knee), LB Dee Ford (back), LB Tamba Hali (knee), WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) are OUT.

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