The Kansas City Chiefs hope a game with the New York Giants can help break them out of their slump. Kickoff is at 1:00 EST on Sunday, November 19 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game can be seen on CBS in local markets.
Oddsmakers view the Chiefs as 11-point favorites on the road. However, that line has moved down after Kansas City opened at -12.5. The over/under for the game is 44 points. Click here to check out a full list of the Week 11 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Chiefs vs Giants Vegas Odds & Game Preview
The Giants are 1-8 on the season, but none of those losses are worse than the 31-21 loss they suffered last week against the previously winless 49ers. New York looked uninterested for large stretches of the game and the Giants were ultimately out-gained by 100 yards, which was downright embarrassing. Players called a team meeting after the debacle, so it’s possible the Giants come out with a little fire this week.
Of course, the Chiefs have stumbled recently as well. They’ve lost three of their last four games to fall to 6-3 on the season. However, that record is still good enough to hold a two-game lead atop the AFC West. With every other team in that division under .500, the Chiefs still look like a safe bet to make the playoffs. Kansas City also had a bye last week, giving them a chance to work through some of the issues that have plagued them over the past month.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Giants +11
The Giants are truly terrible, but I always have reservations about swallowing this many points in an NFL game, especially when the road team is favored. The Giants don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt, losing three of their four home games by two touchdowns or more. But I’ll give it to them anyway and lean toward New York in this game because it’s still tough to win NFL games on the road.
Aside from how difficult it can be to win on the road, the Chiefs aren’t built to blow teams out and win going away. Only four of Kansas City’s six wins have been won by double figures. To be fair, the Chiefs have better playmakers than they have in the past. But they still don’t have elite wide receivers and a downfield passing game that can help create lopsided victories.
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Another thing that worries me about this spread is the Chiefs having an average defense this season. Kansas City has been particularly susceptible against the run this season, especially in some of their more recent games. To be fair, running the ball isn’t exactly a strength for the Giants. But Orleans Darkwa has looked like a capable back in recent weeks and is averaging five yards per carry on the season.
If the Giants can get a running game going, they may be able to keep the game competitive deep into the 2nd half. You also can’t discount the possibility of Eli Manning orchestrating a couple of scoring drives late in the game even if the Chiefs are able to build a substantial lead. That’s another factor that has me weary about swallowing this many points.
Obviously, I’d be surprised if the Giants win this game. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a one-sided game. The Chiefs are still not a team that wins games going away, so I’ll stick with the Giants and the points.