The New York Giants (2-5, 1-2 away) clash with the Kansas City Chiefs (3-4, 1-2 home) in prime time to conclude Week 8 of NFL action. New York dropped both their Monday Night Football contests last season, while the Chiefs took down the Ravens in their only appearance on MNF.
Monday’s kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. EST at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City is a 10.5-point favorite, and the over-under total is at 52 points.
What to Know – New York Giants
New York enters the prime time tilt after their best win of the season. The Giants defeated Carolina, 25-3, holding the Panthers to 173 yards of offense and only 11 first downs. Monday’s game will be the first road contest for the Giants after a pair of home games.
Daniel Jones was effective in last week’s victory, completing 23-of-33 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown. Jones is the engineer of New York’s offense that averages 368.7 yards and 19.9 points per game. Jones is expected to get help back in the passing game this week, with wideouts Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney expected to return from injury.
Star running back Saquon Barkley remains sidelined, so it’ll be up to backup Devontae Booker to lead the Giants’ backfield. Booker has carried the ball 49 times for 156 yards in six games in Barkley’s absence.
The Giants are 3-4 against the spread this season and 2-1 ATS on the road. New York is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against the Chiefs.
What to Know – Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs want to use this game as a turning point for their season after falling below .500 with a 27-3 loss to Tennessee last Sunday. Kansas City allowed the Titans to score on their first five possessions the previous week, building a 27-0 halftime lead. The point total was the lowest for KC since 2012.
Patrick Mahomes had his worst game under center in last week’s loss, failing to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season. Mahomes also had a season-low in completion percentage (57.1%) and passing yards (206). Mahomes needs to cut down on the turnovers, throwing at least one interception in every game this year but the opener.
The Chiefs’ will be without their starting running back as well this week, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire remaining on the IR with a knee injury. Darrel Williams has filled in admirably in Edwards-Helaire’s absence, leading the team with four rushing scores and 283 yards of total offense.
Kansas City is 2-5 ATS this year and 0-3 ATS inside Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are 3-14-1 ATS over their last 18 games and 1-8 ATS in their previous nine games at home.
The Pick is In
New York has an offense that ranks near the bottom of the league, taking on a Chiefs’ defense that sits at the bottom of the NFL in both rushing and passing defense. Kansas City has the home-field advantage, and it’s hard to see Mahomes having back-to-back dubs under center.
The Chiefs win in an offensive showcase, with New York scoring enough to keep things interesting through the second half.
Betting Pick: Giants/Chiefs OVER 52