Can the Kansas City Chiefs make a statement in Gillette against the Patriots? Bold predictions for the Chiefs in a huge Week 14 matchup.
A rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs surely want to make some noise in Week 14 as they travel to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots. Patrick Mahomes and co. came up three points short against New England and the regular season and then lost, 37-31 in overtime in the playoffs. It’s safe to assume they don’t lack motivation on Sunday.
Kansas City comes into this game at 8-4 on the season while New England sits at 10-2 for the year. Moreover, Tom Brady and the Patriots remain one of the best teams in the NFL when playing at home, having yet to lose in Foxborough this season. But if the Chiefs want to re-establish themselves as contenders, knocking off the Pats in New England would be a great way to do it.
Can the Chiefs accomplish that? We shall see. But before the action begins, let’s dive into three bold predictions for Kansas City in this high-profile Week 14 matchup.
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3. Jones sacks Brady multiple times
Getting Chris Jones back has been the best thing that could’ve happened to the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Whenever the big defensive tackle isn’t on the field, they very much struggle to generate a consistent pass rush. And though the run defense remains an issue with or without him, Jones sparks the pass rush to help slow down opposing teams trying to throw.
One of the big areas of the Patriots defense that has been troubling this season has been their offensive line. They’ve not been a dumpster fire by any stretch but they have been inconsistent for sure. Jones will attack that group up the middle and make life hard for Tom Brady, getting to the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback multiple times and bringing him to the ground.
2. Hill torches Patriots secondary for 150 yards
The first time that the Patriots and Chiefs met last season, Tyreek Hill was a bonafide problem for New England. The speedster wide receiver caught seven of his 12 targets for 142 yards and three touchdowns. In the postseason rematch, however, Hill was largely shut down, catching just one of his three targets for 42 yards.
Though the Patriots secondary has been phenomenal this season, their game is simply not predicated on speed. Belichick is smart enough to not try to play Hill one-on-one with Stephon Gilmore. However, it won’t matter. Hill is primed for a big game on Sunday as he runs past the bigger New England defenders and has his way thanks to his wheels.
1. Mahomes throws for 350 yards, no turnovers
When Patrick Mahomes faced the Patriots in the playoffs last year, it was not his best outing. Yes, he ended the day with 295 yards and three touchdowns but he also barely completed over 50 percent of his passes (16-of-31). In the regular-season meeting between the two teams, the eventual MVP was better but not perfect, going 23-of-36 for 352 yards, four scores and two picks.
Going up against the mind of Bill Belichick and one of the best defenses in the NFL on Sunday, I expect Mahomes to put himself back on the map after two straight games of fewer than 200 passing yards. He’ll utilize the speed of his weapons and pick apart New England, throwing for 350 yards and avoiding any turnovers.