WR Dwayne Bowe after three games is averaging just 3 catches for 30 yards per game, one of the slowest Septembers of his NFL career. In the previous six seasons, Bowe averaged 15.3 catches for 218 yards and 2.3 touchdowns in September. This season has been the slowest start of his career.
CB Brandon Flowers did not practice with the Chiefs on Wednesday, as he's dealing with swelling on his knee that first popped up on September 15. Flowers has missed only a few plays in the last two games because of the problem and head coach Andy Reid said that he expected Flowers to be ready to practice by the end of the week.
WR Donnie Avery is averaging 17.3 yards per catch on the season, with almost all of that total coming from his seven catches for 141 yards against Philadelphia. Avery has a 51-yard gain, and a 31-yarder, the two longest pass plays of the Chiefs season. He's found the end zone only once.
TE Anthony Fasano did not practice on Wednesday with the Chiefs as he continues to rehab a sprained ankle that he suffered on September 15. Fasano was inactive for last week's game in Philadelphia, and while head coach Andy Reid indicated there was improvement, there was no indication Fasano would be ready by Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
QB Alex Smith has started three games over his career against the New York Giants, including an NFC Divisional round game in the 2011 NFC Playoffs. In that game, the 49ers fell 20-17, as Smith threw for just 196 yards, completing 12 of 26 throws for two touchdowns and no interceptions. In the 2010 season while he was with San Francisco, Smith threw three interceptions in a 23-3 loss to the Giants.
RB Jamaal Charles leads the Chiefs in offensive yardage with 224 rushing yards and 151 receiving yards. That 375-yard total sets a pace for Charles to put up exactly 2,000 all-purpose yards on the season.
FB Anthony Sherman came out of the Chiefs victory over Philadelphia with fluid on his knee, but the rest after the Thursday night game in Philadelphia allowed him to heal and he practiced on Wednesday.
LG Jeff Allen missed Wednesday's practice with the Chiefs because of the groin injury that he suffered last week in the Philadelphia game. There appears to be no chance that Allen will be ready to play by Sunday against the New York Giants.
TE Travis Kelce did not practice on Wednesday with the Chiefs as he continues to try to come back from a bruised knee that he suffered on August 24. Kelce was inactive for the last game in Philadelphia.
RB Knile Davis got a taste of offensive action against Philadelphia with six carries for 25 yards. His success in that limited fourth-quarter role will likely mean more opportunities as the Chiefs coaching staff tries to find ways to not over-expose leading offensive threat RB Jamaal Charles.