The Kansas City Chiefs pass rush is already responsible for injuring two quarterbacks already — Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick — and was likely salivating watching their next opponent get pushed around Sunday afternoon.
From start to finish, the Carolina Panthers had their way with the New York Giants, battering quarterback Eli Manning. When all was said and done, the Giants had suffered a 38-0 loss, the worst of head coach Tom Coughlin’s career and biggest margin of victory in Panthers history (the previous record was a 34-0 win over the Chiefs in 2008).
Ron Rivera’s defense sacked Manning seven times and knocked him to the ground countless other times.
That’s music to the ears of a Chiefs unit that is led by the NFL’s sack leader, Justin Houston. The second-year linebacker put up 4.5 of his 7.5 sacks last week against the Eagles and could be primed for a repeat Sunday when the Giants come calling to Arrowhead Stadium.
While Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was able to abuse the New York offensive line for three sacks, the rest of the action was spread out among four players. And much like the Chiefs pressure on the Eagles, Carolina did most of their damage without blitzing, something that wasn’t possible due to a thin secondary.
Now the Giants head to Kansas City a desperate team. Since 1978, 161 teams have started 0-3 and only five have made the playoffs. If that didn’t paint an ugly enough picture for New York, only one team has started with four straight losses and rebounded to play in the postseason.