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New York @ Kansas City
Current Records: New York 2-5; Kansas City 3-4
The Kansas City Chiefs will be returning home after a two-game road trip. They will take on the New York Giants at 8:15 p.m. ET Monday at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City is expected to win again but is hoping to meet expectations this time.
The afternoon started off rough for the Chiefs last week, and it ended that way, too. They suffered a grim 27-3 defeat to the Tennessee Titans. Kansas City was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 27 to nothing. QB Patrick Mahomes had a pretty forgettable game, throwing one interception and fumbling the ball once with only 5.89 yards per passing attempt.
Meanwhile, New York’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers last week was close at halftime, but New York turned on the heat in the second half with 20 points. New York took their contest against Carolina by a conclusive 25-3 score. No one had a standout game offensively for the Giants, but they got scores from WR Dante Pettis and RB Devontae Booker. QB Daniel Jones ended up with a passer rating of 131.40.
New York’s defense was a presence, holding Carolina to a paltry 173 yards. The defense embarrassed Carolina’s offensive line to sack the quarterback six times for a total loss of 27 yards. Leading the way was LB Azeez Ojulari and his 2.5 sacks. Ojulari now has 5.5 sacks through seven games.
This next game looks promising for Kansas City, who are favored by a full 10.5 points. They may be expected to win, but bettors beware: they are only 2-5 against the spread when favored.
The Chiefs are now 3-4 while the Giants sit at 2-5. Two offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Kansas City ranks third in the NFL when it comes to yards per game, with 419.3 on average. Less enviably, New York is stumbling into the game with the second fewest passing touchdowns in the league, having accrued only six on the season. So the cards are definitely stacked against New York.
The Chiefs are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Giants, according to the latest NFL odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Chiefs as a 9.5-point favorite.
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New York won the only game these two teams have played in the last seven years.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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