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2015 NFL Divisional Round Preview – New England Patriots Vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs (11-5) come to New England, after their 30-0 win over Houston last week, to take on the defending champions, the New England Patriots (12-4)

Previous Matchup:

2014, Week 4 – Kansas City 41, New England 14

When the Chiefs Have the Ball:

The Chiefs put up 30 points last week without really doing much on offense. They were up so big that they really just ran the ball the whole time. They’ll need a little more balance this week but they should still focus on the run (and of course not turning the ball over).

The Patriots are good at defending the pass and stopping the run so there’s no big weakness for the Chiefs to exploit. Their defense will be fully healthy for the first time in a while as well. Chandler Jones had some trouble last week but he’s expected to play. He’ll be important today.

 

When the Patriots Have the Ball:

Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski are both healthy again which means New England should have their elite passing offense back. The run game should still struggle with so many injured running backs though. The key will be the Pats pass offense vs. the Chiefs pass defense, both highly ranked units.

Kansas City’s defense has been ridiculous their last 11 games. They’re completely shutting opponents down and forcing turnovers at a high rate. They’ve got playmakers all over the field. The strength is still the pass rush led by Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, however both are banged up and there’s a chance they don’t play.

 

Key Matchup:

Jamie Collins Vs. Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce is one of Alex Smith’s favorite targets and he’ll be relied upon even more if Jeremy Maclin can’t play. Collins is one of the best linebackers in the league and excels in pass coverage. Will Kelce be able to get any separation from Collins?

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The Pick: Chiefs +5

Kansas City is incredibly hot right now and the Patriots haven’t been playing their best ball lately. Five points is too much to give to the Chiefs and their elite defense. The game should be a close one.

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