|New England Patriots||+7
|Kansas City Chiefs||-7
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As solid as the new look Patriots are playing with Cam Newton looking as impressive as ever, the Kansas City Chiefs look in the mid-postseason form already and it will be tough for anyone to outscore Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs -7 -110
|Patriots vs Chiefs Information|
|What||New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs|
|Where||Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO|
|When||Sunday, October 4, 2020; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
This will be an exciting Week 4 matchup, with one of the reasons for that being Patriots QB Cam Newton, an injured and now healthy playmaker who New England HC Bill Belichick has figured out how to use in a way that makes defenses panic.
Head coach Andy Read has his Kansas City Chief solid on both sides of the ball these days, and his QB Patrick Mahomes looks like he was well worth the money the team just invested, the kid looking like a crusty (and elusively intelligent) veteran under center.
These two AFC rivals have played each other a total of 38 times (including 2 postseason games), with the Chiefs winning 19 of those games and the Patriots winning 16 of them, plus there have been 3 ties.
There is a reason most QBs don’t play the position the way veteran Cam Newton does, which is to be a running threat while having the arm to make those linebackers who commit to tackling him pay.
The main reason is that most players don’t have Newton’s size or skill or ability on the football field to pull it off, but the other reason is that style of play is truly dangerous which limits your NFL shelf life (just ask Michael Vick and RG III).
If Belichick uses Newton wisely and takes advantage of his threat to run more so than actually making him run and get hit, then maybe the Patriots can keep him healthy a lot longer than his former team, the Carolina Panthers, were able to do in the not so distant past.
Seems like a question filled with hyperbole unless you just watched Patrick Mahomes and his crew take down the multi-talented Baltimore Ravens and make their star QB Lamar Jackson actually look…ordinary…then it seems like a legitimate ask.
The game planning and play calling of HC Andy Reid combined with the insane abilities and football IQ of QB Patrick Mahomes makes the Chiefs’ offense seems like it can score at will, their multitude of targets not fair compared to what the other teams are fielding.
Then add the fact that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has gotten his side of the ball up to speed, this team seems destined to compete with whichever NFC team finally steps up (Seahawks? Packers? Buccaneers?).
Patriots key RB James White has had to endure a personal tragedy in the last month and he is listed as questionable to play in Week 4, and of course, nobody expects him to return until he is mentally and emotionally ready to play.
In the meantime, his backfield teammates Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead have been doing their best to keep the Pats rushing attack interesting, with Michel carrying the ball 9 times for 117 yards and Burkhead scoring two rushing touchdowns, both in Week 3.
White is a career 4.1 yard per carrying rusher, and he has posted 32 touchdowns on the ground and through the air in his NFL career so far, so the sooner the duo threat RB can get back to playing in New England, the more balanced and effective their run game will be.
Just when it seems like the KC Chiefs are already too talented, they go and draft rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire at the end of the first round and now the entire football world is marveling at their genius.
Edwards-Helaire was a part of LSU’s 2019 championship run, and he has adjusted well to the NFL level, which was expected and why the Chief’s front office was shocked he was still available when it was finally their turn to select.
So far in three games, Edwards-Helaire has carried the ball 55 times for 240 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.4 yards per carrying, plus he’s caught 11 passes for 102 more yards, a talented dual-threat with a huge NFL future in front of him.
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