An injury-filled offense will need their hopeful franchise quarterback and defense to step up against defending AFC champions.
The New York Giants will at least be without offensive playmakers Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay for their Monday night game.
This still doesn’t factor in that wide receiver Sterling Shepard and rookie Kadarius Toney are dealing with injuries. One obvious player to watch out for is their potential franchise quarterback.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones
Jones has not only been the offensive leader but he’s also done it running and throwing the ball. Jones leads the Giants in rushing yards with 229 yards on the season.
His sneaky dual-threat ability could be problematic for a Chiefs defense that has struggled this season. Jones will have to create some magic on his feet with Barkley and Golladay out.
Despite his turnover issues, Jones throws a good ball and Kansas City will need to implement pressure in order to stall their offense. Given their protection issues at the offensive line, this shouldn’t be as hard of an ask for the Chiefs defensive line.
Defensive linemen Chris Jones and Frank Clark may see a breakout game for this season. Wrapping and limiting Jones’ big plays will be key for the defensive.
Giants cornerback James Bradberry
Bradberry has already matched his career-high in interceptions with three on the year. Since Mahomes is tied with Jets quarterback Zach Wilson for the most interceptions with nine this season.
Bradberry is a six-year veteran and is now on his third season in New York. Given the Chiefs’ tendencies to force plays this season, Bradberry may make it four after Monday night.
Giants safety Logan Ryan
The Chiefs will more than likely see a two-high safety formation against the Giants. Ryan may be able to capitalize on the Chiefs’ aggressive playstyle as well.
The former Patriots safety may bring back that old mojo he once had there. Ryan intercepted 13 passes in his four seasons in New England.
However, it doesn’t help that he will be without fellow safety Jabrill Peppers, who was ruled out for the season after a torn ACL earlier this week.
The Giants will rely on 23-year-old Julian Love, who was a fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. To counteract this scheme, the Chiefs will need to take their short gains and openings.
Mahomes spoke on this earlier in the week and will be something to look out for as they do face an inferior opponent this week.