Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said it’s time for the Chiefs to start playing “must win” games like last week’s 38-28 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chiefs (7-3) host the New York Giants (1-9) on Sunday to try to bounce back from their second straight loss.
Reid, whose club remains atop the AFC West, said the Chiefs need to get healthy again as well. Among the players who didn’t practice Friday were wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) and cornerback Kendall Fuller (hamstring).
Wide receiver Chris Conley, who left last week’s game in the second quarter, didn’t practice Friday and missed his sixth straight with an ankle injury.
Left tackle Eric Fisher missed practice Friday with a knee injury and may not play against the Giants. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz also sat out with a right groin injury.
Kansas City comes into Sunday’s game in the midst of three-game losing streak, which drops them into the AFC’s wild-card position. New York is playing its fourth consecutive road game and will play its third consecutive team that’s improved in the standings since it began the season 1-7.
The Chiefs beat the Giants 27-21 in Week 6.
The Giants, who came into last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars winless in the league, are undefeated in their last two road games (the team will travel to Detroit and New England this week). They’re 0-6 away from home.
Injuries have played a big role in the Giants’ 0-6 start, too.
The Giants are 7-21 outside of New York. The average margin of victory is 10.1 points and opponents are averaging 404.5 yards.
New York’s top receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., has a sprained ankle and is questionable for Sunday’s game. His 49 receptions lead the team, but he’s battling a nagging quadriceps injury as well. Beckham has caught nine touchdown passes this season and is second on the team with 699 receiving yards and tied for third with 93 targets. He’s the only receiver with more than 60 catches.
The Giants are coming off a 1-11 season in 2017 and although they’ve started a winning streak, it’s a struggling team.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur doesn’t consider the team good enough to think it has turned the corner.
“They’re not playing with a lot of confidence on the field right now,” Shurmur said. “They understand there are a lot of very good football teams around this league that are not playing like we are.
“What does it take to get them back on track? Their play … our play, we’ve got to make sure we’re better. That’s why we’re playing, that’s why we’re practicing. We’ve got to play better than we have.”
For his part, Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill said the Giants are a very good football team, but the Chiefs are too.
“They’re still talking playoff (talk),” Hill said. “They’re still in that last playoff spot right now. It’s our time, too.”
On Sunday, the Chiefs visit the Giants and linebacker NaVorro Bowman said New York is starting to pull out wins in spurts, but it’s too early to give up.
“It’s not that we’re not going to learn from this one,” Bowman said. “We’re going to learn from it and we’re not going to bottle it up.”