Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants will close the NFL 2021 Week 8 action with Monday’s evening clash. The hosts want to bounce back from the last weekend’s defeat and stay in the race for the playoffs spot. The away side looks forward to building up on their latest victory and celebrating again.
Kansas City has been pretty inconsistent so far, and they booked just one win in front of the home crowd. The Super Bowl finalists jeopardized their chances to go into the post-season, and they don’t have any space for more errors. On the other hand, New York is very far from the playoffs spot battle, and they should try to win a couple of games more. However, they were excellent last weekend and want to pick up where they left off.
Kansas City Chiefs – Can they tighten their defense?
The Chiefs cannot be satisfied with their form this season, and they go to this match with a 3-4 record. They already lost twice at home, and Kansas City should improve their performances. The hosts head to this game after suffering a tough 27-3 defeat against Tennessee last weekend. They were down 27-0 already at halftime, and at that point, it was pretty clear that the Chiefs would lose that match. Patrick Mahomes passed for 206 yards on 20-35, with one interception.
Kansas City’s quarterback has thrown for 2,093 yards this season, with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while he has completed 67.5% of his passes. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the Chiefs’ best rusher with 304 yards on 65 attempts, with a pair of scores. Tyreek Hill leads the receiving corps with 641 yards on 52 grabs and five TDs, while Cody White generated 555 receiving yards with two touchdowns. On the other hand, Nick Bolton leads Kansas City’s defense with 55 total tackles, but the Chiefs have allowed 29 points per match on average.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Darrel Williams, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Travis Kelce, Blake Bell, Orlando Brown Jr., Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith, Mike Remmers
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Jones, Jarran Reed, Derrick Nnadi, Frank Clark, Nick Bolton, Ben Niemann, Willie Gay, Rashad Fenton, Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, L’Jarius Sneed
Quarter Back: Chad Henne
Kicker: Harrison Butker
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New York Giants – Will they put another good display?
It has been a poor campaign for the Giants so far, as they have celebrated only a pair of victories. However, they go to this game after beating the Panthers 25-3 and advancing to a 2-5 record. Nevertheless, New York is joint-second in the NFC East, but the top place in the division is very far. The Giants have had problems in the offense so far, as they have produced less than 20 points per game on average. Daniel Jones went 203 yards through the air against Carolina on 23-33 with one touchdown.
The Giants’ quarterback has thrown for 1,727 yards this season, with five TDs and four interceptions, while he has been sacked 14 times. Daniel Jones also contributed a lot to the rushing corps, as he generated 229 yards with a pair of scores. Saquon Barkley is the closes to the 200-yard figure, as he rushed for 195 yards so far. Kadarius Toney is the leading receiver with 317 yards, while Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay combined for 581 yards. On defense, Logan Ryan is the Giants’ leading tackler with 54, while Tae Crowder logged 51 total tackles. Azeez Ojulari leads New York’s defense on the number of sacks with 5.5, while Leonard Williams sacked opponent’s quarterbacks 4.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devontae Booker, Darius Slayton, Dante Pettis, John Ross, Evan Engram, Elijhaa Penny, Matt Peart, Matt Skura, Billy Price, Will Hernandez, Nate Solder
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dexter Lawrence, Austin Johnson, Leonard Williams, Quincy Roche, Tae Crowder, Reggie Ragland, Azeez Ojulari, James Bradberry, Julian Love, Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson
Quarter Back: Daniel Jones
Kicker: Graham Gano
Expert Pick #1 – Kansas City Chiefs -10 @-110
Although the Chiefs haven’t been impressive so far, they are firm favorites in this clash. Mahomes and the lads shouldn’t miss this chance to start improving their position, and I believe they will meet the expectations and cover the number.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 52.5 @-110
Kansas City has been pretty productive in the offense, but their poor defending cost them better results. On the other hand, the Giants come from a good offensive display, and they might exploit the Chiefs’ vulnerabilities. Therefore, I’ll take the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Chiefs to win by 13-18 @+425
Nevertheless, I don’t think the Chiefs should have many troubles beating New York in this one. They should book a comfortable win, and in that case, we can count on generous odds. I’m going to back them winning by a 13-18 margin, and that’s going to be my third pick.