Week 5 NFL Consensus Power Rankings
Through four games this season, the Chiefs have the league's top scoring defense as they allow only 10.3 points per contest. On the other hand, the Giants have the league's worst as they allow 36.5 per game.
When the two met at Arrowhead on Sunday, the game was nearly as lopsided as the difference between their scoring defenses. Improving to 4-0, the Chiefs beat up the winless Giants by 24 points.
In their past two games, the Giants have lost by a combined score of 69-7.
Every week, our group of "power rankers" tackle one question in a roundtable format and this week's question involves both teams.
Which will happen first this season: a Chiefs loss or a Giants win?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
Not only do these two teams rank first and last in scoring defense, but the same applies to turnover differentials. Tied with the Titans, their Week 5 opponent, the Chiefs lead the NFL in turnover differential (+9), while the Giants rank last in the NFC (and 30th in the NFL) with a -9 differential. Meanwhile, no team has more giveaways than the G-Men with 16.
Fortunately for the Giants, they face the Eagles, who have generated only five takeaways (only Atlanta has fewer in the NFC with four). In addition, the Eagles have given up the second-most points in the NFL (34.5 PPG) although it's fair to point out that the Giants have allowed the most (36.5 PPG).
Although I think both firsts could happen this week, I think (as does Vegas) that the Giants have a greater chance of winning their first than the Chiefs have of losing their first this week. [NYG is a 2.5-point favorite over the PHI while KC is a 3-point favorite over TEN.]
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
They very well could both happen this week, but oddly enough, I have more confidence that the Giants will finally get a win at home against Philly.
Outside of a terrific first half at Washington Week 1, the Eagles high-flying new offense just has not panned out. I think it still has a chance to be fairly successful, but we don't appear to be at that point yet.
And as awful as the Giants have looked, they're not going to go 0-16. I'll take the Giants at home this weekend to get their first W.
Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
If this question were asked at halftime of the Titans-Jets game yesterday, I would have said the Titans would handle the Chiefs at home next week. With the loss of Jake Locker for next week's game (and more), I have to lean the other way and go with the Giants winning, and I think the win comes at home next week versus the Eagles.
There is not a better team in the NFL for the Giants to get "right" against than the Eagles, who give up the NFL's second-most points per game with 34-1/2. While I do expect the Titans-Chiefs game to be a close contest, I think the Titans can win with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. I just think if I had a gun to my head, I would go with the Giants.
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Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
While both teams have certainly been a surprise, as no one expected the Chiefs to be 4-0, and the Giants to be the opposite at 0-4. The Giants will get a win before the Chiefs lose their first game, and I expect the Giants to put one in the win column next week. The Giants will play the struggling Eagles, and we do know that the Giants have the firepower to hang with, and also the ability to put up more points than Philly.
The Chiefs have two very winable games coming up, as they head to Tennessee to take on backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, and after that they host the Oakland Raiders. The Giants will win first, as I don't see KC losing until Week 7 when they play Houston.