The New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a key week six AFC battle on Sunday night. This game has the potential to be a playoff preview, as both teams appear to be headed to the playoffs this season. Both the Chiefs and the Patriots were playoff teams in 2017, and are off to great starts this season.
The New England Patriots come into this game in a first-place tie with the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. The Patriots have won two straight games, blowing out Miami and the Indianapolis Colts. The Kansas City Chiefs hold a two game lead in the AFC West, and bring a perfect 5-0 record into this game. The New England Patriots are -3.5 over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mahomes Continues To Impress
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. The dual-threat quarterback has completed over 63% passes of his passes through five games, and has thrown just two interceptions. Tight end Travis Kelce has emerged as the top target for Mahomes this season, catching 28 passes for 407 yards.
Despite a perfect 5-0 record, the Kansas City defense has been one of the worst in the NFL this season. The Chiefs have given up an average of over 460 yards in total offense this season, which is the worst in the NFL. Kansas City will need to find a way to slow down the passing attack of the New England Patriots in this game.
Patriots Defense Will Be Ready
The New England Patriots defense will give Patrick Mahomes his toughest challenge yet. The Patriots are 23-0 at home under Bill Belichick against quarterbacks who are 25 or younger. The 23-year-old Mahomes has been great this season, but New England will put a ton of pressure on him, and will likely force him into mistakes. The Patriots defense has forced 10 turnovers this season and will force a few more in this game.
Tom Brady and the Patriots offense has looked better since Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon have joined the team. Brady has thrown for 12 touchdowns this season and has thrown them to six different players. Newly acquired Josh Gordon has caught four passes this season, but is averaging over 20 yards per catch, and has found the end zone since joining the Patriots.
New England Snaps Chiefs Streak
The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are widely considered the two best teams in the AFC, and this game could help determine home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Chiefs offense has been dominant this season, but they are still waiting for their defense to show up. Look for the Chiefs offense to struggle a bit in this game.
Bill Belichick and the Patriots will come up with a game plan to slow down Mahomes and force him into turnovers in this game. Tom Brady will take advantage of a horrible Chiefs defense, and will put up a ton of points. Bet the New England Patriots -3.5 over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night.