Giants are double-digit underdogs -- at home; how did they get here?

From ESPN - November 15, 2017

This has been a season of lows for the New York Giants. It seems to reach new depths each week. It has reached the point where they might be in over their heads this week when they host the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants opened as 13-point underdogs at home. It was down to 10.5 points by late Tuesday, but that's still an eye-opening number.

The Giants have been double-digit underdogs at home four times in the past 39 years. Once was against what was considered the greatest regular-season team of all time (the 2007 New England Patriots), another was against the undefeated Denver Broncos in 1998. The other two were during awful Giants seasons in 1980 (4-12) and 1978 (6-10).

These Giants are in that company. They could, in fact, make a run at the worst season in franchise history, as they face a difficult schedule the rest of the way. The '74 Giants went 2-12; 2-14 is not out of the question for the '17 Giants.

"Right now everybody is on different pages it feels like," running back Shane Vereen said after Sunday's 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

That was the 49ers. They average almost 50 yards and 10 points less than Chiefs. Kansas City leads the NFL with 6.2 yards per play. On paper it is one of the biggest mismatches in years for the once-proud franchise.

That's what the Giants get to face on Sunday with their defense in shambles. Coach Ben McAdoo called the Chiefs "one of the best teams teams in football."

Based on their record, the Giants (1-8) are one of the worst. How did they get there?

Let's examine:

Injured Odell: It began when Odell Beckham Jr.'s ankle was bent backwards in the preseason. That cost the Giants their best player in Week 1 and relegated him to being a decoy in Week 2. He played two full games before breaking his ankle in Week 6. No Beckham for most of the season has been a major problem.


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