NFL Week 11 Preview: Chiefs at Giants
The Kansas City Chiefs visit the New York Giants in Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.
Coverage by: Mike Guerrelli
Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs offense vs. New York Giants defense
- RB Kareem Hunt vs. S Landon Collins – Hunt is having a tremendous rookie season, as he’s PFF’s top ranked running back with a 90.5 overall grade. He leads all backs with 12 breakaway runs (15-plus yards) through Week 10. Hunt is also effective in the passing game, and is eighth at running back with 1.91 yards per route run. Collins was elite in 2016, finishing as PFF’s second-ranked safety with a 92.5 overall grade. His play has slipped a bit this year, and his 80.7 grade is currently ranked 27th. Collins has 11 run stops this season, more than any Giants linebacker, and the 14th-most for any safety.
- T Eric Fisher vs. Edge Olivier Vernon – Fisher has been average in pass protection this year, allowing three sacks and 23 total pressures in 337 pass block snaps. He’s ranked 35th in PFF pass blocking efficiency at tackle. Fisher hasn’t graded well in the running game, as his 50.8 run-block grade ranks 48th of 78 offensive tackles. Vernon missed four games this season with an ankle injury, but returned with an 81.2 game grade last week that ranked 10th among edge defenders in Week 10. He leads the team with an 8.4 pass-rush productivity rating this year.
- WR Tyreek Hill vs. CB Janoris Jenkins – Hill has caused problems for defenses this season, especially from the slot. He has run 35.4 percent of his routes in the slot, and is second among wide receivers with 2.34 slot yards per route run. Hill is a deep threat, with 238 yards receiving and three touchdowns on deep passes (targets 20 or more yards downfield), ranking ninth and third, respectively. Jenkins is another Giants player having a down season by his standards. His 72.1 overall grade this year ranks 68th at cornerback, after being ranked eighth in 2016 with an 88.0 grade. Jenkins’ 1.60 yards per cover snap currently ranks 103rd of 116 qualifying cornerbacks.
PFFELO Ranking: 31
Coverage by: Aaron Jones
Matchup: New York Giants offense vs. Kansas City Chiefs defense
- TE Evan Engram vs. LB Derrick Johnson – Rookie Evan Engram looks to continue his solid rookie campaign against one of the best coverage linebackers in the league this season in Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson. In Week 10, Giants QB Eli Manning targeted Engram nine times, which was second-most among tight end targets last week. Engram has been targeted 66 times this season, the second-most of all NFL tight ends. Currently ranking 43rd among 66 qualifying tight ends in overall grade at 73.1, Engram suffers from a poor run block grade of 39.3, the eighth-lowest among tight ends. His receiving grade of 73.1, however, is tied for 15th. Johnson has been phenomenal in coverage this season, as he is tied for the seventh-highest coverage grade among linebackers (85.2). He’s allowing only 0.28 yards per coverage snap, the lowest among 52 qualifying linebackers. His 12.9 coverage snaps per target is tied for the best rate among linebackers.
- C Brett Jones vs. Dl Chris Jones or Bennie Logan – Brett Jones has been the best offensive lineman for the Giants this season. Jones currently ranks 13th among 37 qualifying centers with an overall grade of 71.3. He has excelled in pass protection, boasting a fourth-ranked pass block grade (80.8). His pass blocking efficiency of 98.7 currently ranks fifth among 36 qualifying centers, primarily due to the fact that he has not allowed a pressure since Week 7. Chris Jones currently ranks 18th among 112 qualifying interior defenders with an overall grade of 86.7. His pass-rush productivity of 7.9 ranks 24th among 109 qualifying interior defenders. Logan on the other hand, ranks 16th among the NFL’s defensive tackles with a 9.6 run stop percentage, highlighting whoever Jones goes against on the interior of the Chiefs defensive line, he’ll have his work cut out for him.
- T Bobby Hart vs. Edge Justin Houston – Bobby Hart currently ranks 67th among 79 qualifying offensive tackles with an overall grade of 41.9. He allowed four pressures (two sacks) on 26 pass block snaps last week, giving him the second-lowest pass blocking efficiency among offensive tackles last week (86.5). It doesn’t get any easier for Hart this week, as he’s projected to see plenty of Justin Houston. Kansas City’s star edge defender currently ranks 15th among 110 qualifying edge defenders with an overall grade of 85.3. He has notched 31 total pressures from the left side (defensive perspective), the eighth most among 98 qualifying edge defenders.