Interview With The Enemy – Chiefs Edition

How has Andy Reid changed the culture in KC as evidenced by a 3-0 start?

-Andy Reid brings a culture of winning to a franchise in desperate need of a leader. There is life on the sidelines and you can see this team believes they have a chance to make the playoffs. Their strength of schedule could allow that, and KC could easily go 11-5. With such circumstances, Reid will get a lot of praise in KC and in the media for the success.

The Chiefs don’t turn the ball over, the Giants can’t stop turning it over. What do you see as the #1 reason you’ve taken such good care of the football?

-When Andy Reid came in, you can see he focuses on fundamentals a lot. Alex Smith has had great protection allowing him to make his 2nd and 3rd reads. He’s not afraid of using his checkdown receivers, and is very good at finding an open man. Jamal Charles and company don’t have a reputation for fumbles. The offense isn’t complicated. It is just filled with talented players, and the play-calling has been great so far.

What were the expectations bringing in Alex Smith and is he everything you hoped he would be?

-Alex has been fantastic. Ball control, leadership, accuracy, scrambling; everything the Chiefs were missing last year, they now have. It’s truly amazing the difference one player can make on a team. If Alex had finished last year at the same pace in which he started it, he would have been a Pro Bowl selection. Any time a struggling franchise can land a Prow Bowl-caliber QB is a major victory.

Recently the Giants have struggled throwing the football which was seen as a major strength heading into the season, what are the Chiefs going to do to make sure the Giants continue on this downward spiral?

-The one thing the Chiefs have proven this year is they are determined to put pressure on QBs and stuff the run. Justin Houston, Derek Thomas, and Tamba Hali are a fearsome group of LBs that truly challenge an offensive line. Most of the great pocket QBs in todays NFL can’t handle four quarters of hits and pressure. If the Giants want to win this game, they’ve got to plan for short throws and block Dontari Poe in the middle. He is proving his 1st round status as a premiere NT and is difficult to block on running plays. I’d say Brandon Jacobs up the middle is the Giants’ best shot to run the ball.

What do the Giants have to do to gut this game out against the Chiefs?

-Eli Manning has to be more accurate throwing the ball. The Chiefs defense is one of the best this season, and will generate pressure and turnovers. On defense, the Giants have to focus on not allowing any big plays, and controlling field position. The Chiefs need long drives to score. If the Giants keep the Chiefs offense stuck in their own territory with less than 8 plays per drive, the Giants could edge out their first win in 2013.

Final prediction?

Chiefs 20 Giants 13


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