Three days from now the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in a matchup that will say a great deal about the quality of each team. The Chiefs will be at home in a rowdy Arrowhead Stadium, boasting an undefeated record of 3-0 as they face a stumbling Giants team with a simply defeated record of 0-3.
In what is almost a must win game for the Giants, many expect to see the best Big Blue can offer this coming Sunday. Then again, that was the plan last week. Despite the 0-3 record, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who has had his share of struggles in the past against the Giants, does not expect the visitors to replicate the performance they had last week.
“This is a defense that won the Super Bowl a couple years ago as well. It’s a veteran team, they’ve been down before, I expect their best. I expect them now, after what happened last week, I think they have too much veteran leadership on that team to not bounce back. I’m really expecting their best effort," he said.
Majority of the Big Blue faithful are also expecting the Giants’ best effort. Talent, on paper anyway, has never been a concern for this team. Effort, though it usually is present, tends to dwindle as the team struggles to get off to a strong start. Any Giants fan can tell you, when it goes bad, the Giants have the potential to look real ugly. Hopefully they got that out of their system last week as Carolina gave the often-pompous Giants a rude awakening.
One man who knows the Giants better than most is former foe and Philadelphia Eagle Head Coach, Andy Reid. He knows the potential of the Giants roster all too well to let his team assume they’re in for a cakewalk on Sunday just because they are at home against a winless opponent.
“We know what kind of players they have. They’ve got good football players. We respect them and we know what they’ve got all the way around,” Reid explained. He would later add, “Listen, I’m not caught up in their record. I don’t get involved in that. If you do that it becomes a problem, it takes away from you getting yourself right.”
Pretty generic comments from Reid as he wisely anticipates a strong effort from the artists formerly known as “The Road Warriors.” Any superfluous billboard material would only help the Giants. Expect the Chiefs to also bring their “A” game, as it’s almost certain Reid has notified his team about the Giants’ sense of urgency. Only way to combat desperation is to play with that same level of fire. Though that is often easier said than done. Just ask the Giants of a week ago.
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