The Kansas City Chiefs have made themselves at home at the expense of the NFC East. The undefeated Chiefs vie for their third consecutive victory against a representative from that division on Sunday when they host the winless New York Giants. After edging Dallas in Week 2, coach Andy Reid's club cruised to a convincing 26-16 triumph over his former one in Philadelphia on Sept. 19.
"There is no time to relax on what you have done, you just have to continue to build and get better," Reid said. Kansas City certainly improved on its turnover differential from last season's dismal 2-14 campaign, ascending from the outhouse (league-worst minus-24 in 2012) to the penthouse (NFL-best plus-9 in 2013). New York, which leads the league with 13 turnovers, enters the contest on the heels of a humiliating 38-0 setback against Carolina.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Chiefs -4. O/U 44
ABOUT THE GIANTS (0-3): Eli Manning has tossed a league-high eight interceptions - although a patchwork offensive line contributed in his getting sacked an alarming seven times last week. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback's troubles fell on deaf ears as wideout Hakeem Nicks bristled that "(he) can't throw it to myself" after seeing just one pass attempt sail in his direction last week. For what it's worth, Nicks (nine receptions, 197 yards) is also the final year of his contract while teammate Victor Cruz (16 catches, 261 yards, three TDs) has fared well after inking his five-year, $43 million extension.
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (3-0): Although efficient quarterback Alex Smith and the electric Jamaal Charles (team-leading 224 yards rushing, 151 receiving) garner the lion's share of the headlines, perhaps there is a better performance being turned in on the other side of the ball. Outside linebacker Justin Houston collected his second AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor following an impressive 4 1/2-sack performance versus the Eagles. Houston, who leads the NFL with 7 1/2 sacks, is expected to be lined up against rookie Justin Pugh.
1. The top overall pick of the 2013 draft, Kansas City RT Eric Fisher has struggled with pass protection - directly leading to three of Philadelphia's five sacks.
2. New York RB David Wilson has yet to get untracked after a pair of fumbles in the season opener. The beleaguered Wilson has rushed for just 75 yards in three games.
3. The Giants posted a 27-16 victory over the Chiefs in 2009 for their fourth straight win in the series and 10th in 12 meetings. Reid, however, owns a 12-9 edge versus Giants coach Tom Coughlin with a pair of playoff victories to boot.
PREDICTION: Giants 20, Chiefs 17