Opposite fortunes for both sides as the Chiefs continue their amazing run.
The Kansas City Chiefs continued their surprising early-season success with a 31-7 rout of the New York Giants thanks to a stingy defense and a productive special teams unit.
Alex Smith shook off a pair of interceptions to throw three touchdown passes for the Chiefs, who are off to their best start to a season since 2003.
“On all three sides of the ball, we’re doing a good job of taking care of the ball, scoring points, taking the ball away, scoring on special teams,” said Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Smith threw for 288 yards on 24-of-41 passing, while Jamaal Charles rushed for 127 yards and caught one of Smith’s touchdown passes at Arrowhead Stadium as Kansas City improved to 4-0.
Dexter McCluster added a thrilling 89-yard punt return for a touchdown, while a swarming defense limited the last place Giants to just 298 total yards.
“Right now we’re 4-0 and the target is on our back, and we have to keep pushing,” said Bowe.
New York is now 0-4 for the first time since the 1987 season which is in stark contrast to the team’s recent winning history which saw them net Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011.
“It is disappointing,” said quarterback Eli Manning, who’s been operating all year behind a patchwork offensive line.
“The defense got us some turnovers and we weren’t able to do anything with it. We are just not playing very well offensively.”
Manning was 18 for 37 for 217 yards and the one TD. He was sacked three times and intercepted once, but harried and hurried much of the game.
While the Giants are talking about improving this season their chances of playing in the playoffs are all but gone as they look to salvage some pride in week five when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kansas City will look to keep their golden run going as they face the Tennessee Titans, who are 3-1 after coming off a big win over the New York Jets.