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Cheifs Chatter

Game Preview: Giants at Chiefs

9/21/2001

by CK Rairden
Landmark columnist

NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-1)

SERIES: GIANTS LEAD CHIEFS 7-2

COACHES VS. OPPONENT: Fassel: 1-0 Vermeil: 13-4

WEEK ONE:

Giants lost 31-20 at Broncos
Chiefs lost 27-24 vs. Raiders

LAST TIME WE MET: 12/20/98: Chiefs 7 at Giants 28. New York’s defense records 4 interceptions while RB Gary Brown rushes for 103 yards & 1 TD.

TV: FOX (12:00 PM CT): Sam Rosen, Bill Maas

STAT LEADERS

QBs:
Collins: 19-34-258-3-0-109.7
Green: 16-37-222-1-1-60.9

Injury Report:

CHIEFS:
LB Mike Maslowski knee Out; WR Derrick Alexander achilles Questionable; LB Larry Atkins foot Questionable; C Casey Wiegmann abdomen Questionable; CB Eric Warfield ankle Probable; LB Donnie Edwards ankle Probable.

GIANTS:
WR Ike Hilliard foot Questionable; CB Jason Sehorn knee Probable; S Shaun Williams thigh Probable.

Game plan:
-The Chiefs couldn’t move the ball at all on the ground against the Raiders (35 rush yards week one) and the Giants have a fine front seven. The Giants defense will key on Chiefs TE Tony Gonzales, but not sure they have anyone that can contain him. RB’s Tony Richardson or Priest Holmes must get something going and move the chains, even if it requires short passes out of the back field. The Chiefs must return to a ball control offense.

-The Giants have plenty of questions on the defensive corners, but will the Chiefs receivers be able to exploit them? Week one saw but one catch by a wideout, though it was a biggie; A 30-yard TD leaping catch by Snoop Minnis. WR Derrick Alexander is listed as questionable but has stated if necessary he would rather rest his injured Achilles now then to have the injury drag on throughout the year. Look for Chris Thomas to get his first NFL start of his career.

-Giants QB Kerry Collins played well during week one at Denver, but also got little run support. Look for the Giants to at least make an attempt at establishing the run early, then test KC’s corners at every opportunity.

-Both teams need this one as bad as any team needs a second game as neither can afford to open 0-2.