If the Giants win this one, they'll join some elite company. Since 1990, only seven times out of 106 three-game road trips has a team swept the set. Not coincidentally, Tom Coughlin's 2001 Jaguars was one of them. Another was his playoff Giants of 2007, which won games in Tampa, Dallas, and Green Bay en route to Super Bowl XLII. They're already in good company, though. Only 29 teams have even won two out of three.
THE INJURIES: Giants -- DT Chris Canty (calf), WR Domenik Hixon (knee), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring) and RB Danny Ware (elbow) are out. LB Clint Sintim (groin) is questionable. WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot and ankle), T Kareem McKenzie (knee), G Rich Seubert (shoulder) and DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) are probable.
WATCH THIS: The Giants' running game finally got into gear last week, but with Bradshaw probably limited, if not out entirely, a large part of his carries may go to Gartrell Johnson. He did a good job in mopping up last week, but whether he's ready to work in a significant portion of the game remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Brandon Jacobs will want to continue the upward swing he took with a 16-carry, 92-yard performance last week. He needs to hit the hole quicker and show more of the old power that made him what he is. The thing is, he's tired and exasperated with the questions surrounding exactly that issue. Not exactly a fan of Tony Siragusa, either, who started the whole thing with his "I don't think defenses are fearing him right now" comment last week. A little extra motivation, perhaps? The Chiefs, ranked 19th against the run and 21st overall, will counter that with a three-man front that features a good, young defensive end in Glenn Dorsey and a run-stopping linebacker in Demorrio Williams, the team leader with 26 tackles. Opponents do have five rushing touchdowns against the Chiefs, so if the nicked up, but still intact, Giants line can handle the edges, they'll be able to exploit their second opponent in a row. The Chiefs have shown improvement in that area over the last two games in holding the Raiders and Eagles to 52 rushes for 160 yards, an average of 80 yards per game.
The Giants appear to have gotten past their own problems stopping the run, having held Tampa Bay to just 28 rushing yards last week. With Justin Tuck ready to take on more time, the front seven should have little problem with a slow-starting ground attack led by Larry Johnson. Johnson has looked old and slow so far, certainly not the running back that carried 31 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in their last meeting in 2005. Instead, he's struggled to 136 yards on 54 carries and no touchdowns, including a 19-for-38 mess against Philadelphia. The Chiefs have yet to score a rushing touchdown. And second running back Jamaal Charles showed more flashes of speed and efficiency than Johnson last week in a 6-for-36 outing against Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, Eli Manning hasn't thrown a pick in two games, and has only one on the season. His 104.1 rating ranks him fourth among NFL passers. Look for him to send Smith over the middle constantly, while also making increased use of tight ends Kevin Boss and Travis Beckum in matchups against the aging, ex-Patriots outside linebacker Mike Vrabel.
Field position will be a big issue for the Giants this week, as their punt and kickoff coverage units rank in the lower half of the league. Part of that is due to Lawrence Tynes' short kickoffs. But he does have the capability of putting them in the end zone, too, so Tom Coughlin will be looking for more consistency there. The offense has finally started to find the end zone consistently, which means perhaps Tynes won't have to try one of those pesky chip-shot field goals he keeps missing. He has hit the big ones, though, including the game-winner twice in Dallas.