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Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (no. 80) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dunta Robinson during the first half. (Sept. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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F Yeesh! Victor Cruz had a nice game with 10 catches for 164 yards and a 69-yard TD, but there wasn't much else to be happy about. Eli Manning completed just 18 of 37 passes for 217 yards, was sacked three times and turned it over twice. More glaringly, they had three three-and-outs after the three defensive takeaways. Da'Rel Scott got the "start" at running back, but that didn't change the results of the running game much. The Giants converted just 1 of 14 third downs.



D It wasn't perfect, but they did some decent things. They got three turnovers, the first three from the Chiefs all season. They held Jamaal Charles to 65 rushing yards, 24 of them coming on a fourth-quarter run. But they were on the field for nearly 36 minutes and faced 70 plays. Part of that is due to offensive inabilities, but the Chiefs also converted 9 of 16 third downs. This is the first time since 1964 that the Giants have allowed 30 or more points in four straight games.



F Things started so promisingly when Damontre Moore tipped a punt and made a few big hits in coverage. But a missed field goal for the second straight week and a punt returned for a touchdown against this unit for the second time in three weeks was too much to overcome. There were other mistakes, such as the hold by Justin Trattou on a long punt return, Jerrell Jernigan's inability to down a punt inside the 5, and an illegal defensive formation penalty on a Chiefs' field goal.



F Tom Coughlin said the offensive play-calling is "like throwing a dart at a board" and later clarified that execution would make the play-calling easier. But it's a chicken-and-egg argument. Kevin Gilbride needs to be more creative, but he's got a dull palette. Special-teams breakdowns were "inexcusable," Coughlin said, and they land on coordinator Tom Quinn's neck. Coughlin did make the right call to punt on fourth-and-inches.

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