|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NFLPeople who bet on football say that the best defense is a good offense and that would explain why the New York Giants have yet to win a single game in the 2013 season. In fact, they even went scoreless in their last outing against the Carolina Panthers. That beating was preceded by losses versus the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, and in all three they allowed more than 30 points. All told, the Giants have the weakest defense in the league, allowing over 100 points after the first quarter. Such a rocky start will make it very tough for Tom Coughlin’s team to be the first in history to have home advantage in the Super Bowl.
The Giants are the Bizarro to the Chiefs’ Superman, enough to confuse even bet on football experts. It’s moot to talk about winning streaks after only three games, but the fact is that Kansas has already won more games than in their entire last season, when they went 2-14. Looks like the changes in management and coaching have done the Chiefs good (this is generals manager John Dorsey’s and head coach Andy Reid’s first season in Kansas), and they have proved it by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Philadelphia Eagles, all while displaying an excellent defense. The Chief’s defense may have a field day thanks to a sometimes erratic Eli Manning. Alex Smith may not be as big a star as Manning, but the former 49er has been making a name for himself this season as Kansas QB.
Not surprisingly, the 4.5 spread favors the Chiefs. Even though many who bet on football believe that New York is out of the race, the truth is that under Coughlin, the Giants are accustomed to slow starts. Plus, the damage is not irreparable yet. However, if they expect to turn their season around, they had best start now. As for Kansas, they weren’t really expected to be contenders for their division, as New York was. Only time will tell (starting this Sunday 29) whether this strong Chiefs start is going to last, or if it’s nothing but a flash in the pan.