They may be facing a 1-8 New York Giants team but Andy Reid said his Kansas City Chiefs won’t be taking their opponent lightly this Sunday.
Despite a bit of an uneven year, the Chiefs are nonetheless 6-3 and atop the AFC West. The Giants, who lost last week to a San Francisco 49ers team that was winless coming into the game, have been nothing short of a disappointment.
And even though the Chiefs seem pointed to win their division and make the playoffs, Reid doesn’t think his team will take their hapless opponent for granted.
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“That’s not what I do. I focus in on what we do and try to get better at what we do and study the opponent. We respect everybody and that’s what we do,” Reid said in a conference call with the media on Wednesday. “This is the National Football League, so anything on any given Sunday can happen. So we got to get us right first, that’s what we have to do. We have no room to look at anybody else.”
Reid, a former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, has had his fair share of battles with the Giants. Truthfully, few of those match-ups have been against a ‘Big Blue’ side that is this bad.
After starting the season with five straight wins, the Chiefs have come down to earth recently. They have lost three of their last four games, including last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
This Sunday’s game against a team with nothing to play for certainly would present a chance to help right their year and take a big collective step forward for the playoffs. Reid sees a team that isn’t playing at its full potential.
“Listen, I tell the guys that every week. You got to focus on getting better as a team. We got a lot of room to improve,” Reid said. “We’re not good enough right now, so we got to keep working so that’s where it always starts. That’s the one great thing about football, you always have something you can get better at.”