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A dream matchup is on tap for “Sunday Night Football” as the undefeated Chiefs visit the suddenly resurgent Patriots. It’s an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from Gillette Stadium. Riding the strong, uncanny arm of Patrick Mahomes, who’s thrown an NFL-high 14 touchdown
passes, Kansas City is the AFC’s lone unbeaten at 5-0. New England (3-2) is coming off two straight dominant home wins in which the Pats outscored the Dolphins and Colts by a combined 76-30. Bookmakers list New England as a 3.5-point favorite. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas believes will be scored, is 59.5 in the latest Patriots vs. Chiefs odds. Before you make any Patriots vs. Chiefs picks, you need to hear what SportsLine expert Micah Roberts has to say.
A former Vegas bookmaker, Roberts has his finger on the Chiefs’ pulse: he’s 8-1 in his last nine point-spread picks involving K.C., including nailing last week’s easy cover when the Chiefs (-3) destroyed Jacksonville, 30-14. On top of that, Roberts is 4-2 in his last six point-spread picks involving New England, meaning he’s on a 12-3 run with the SNF combatants.
After analyzing Chiefs vs. Patriots from every possible angle, Roberts released a strong point-spread pick over at SportsLine.
Roberts knows the Chiefs have taken the NFL by storm thanks to Mahomes, who’s accounted for 16 touchdowns against two turnovers and posted four straight 300-yard passing games. The Chiefs average 35 points, second only to New Orleans. And they’ve won the last two regular-season meetings with New England — doubling up the Pats by a combined 82-41 score.
But just because Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt are electrifying doesn’t mean they’ll keep rolling against a Pats team that has found its mojo.
With security blanket Julian Edelman back from suspension, Tom Brady looks like himself again. He’s thrown for 615 yards and six touchdowns the past two weeks, while rookie Sony Michel has run for 210 yards and two scores in that span. New England’s balanced attack could erupt at home against the NFL’s 32nd-ranked defense.
The Pats have covered all three of their home games this season and enter “Sunday Night Football” on a 16-6 ATS run against winning teams.
We can tell you Roberts is leaning Over despite the high total, but his much stronger play is against the spread. Roberts, who ran Station Casinos sportsbooks for over a dozen years, says the point spread is off and he’s going big on one side to cover. There’s one highly pertinent fact people are overlooking, he says.
So which side of the spread should you back for Chiefs vs. Patriots? And what fact people are overlooking in this AFC showdown? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over, all from the former Vegas bookmaker who’s on an 8-1 heater on Chiefs’ pointspread picks.Football Preview: Expect fireworks on offence as Chiefs meet Patriots
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The Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC’s lone remaining undefeated team.Patrick Mahomes and company will face their toughest test so far this season when they visit the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
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Kansas City is the seventh team in the last 11 years to average 35 points per game or more through their first five games. Each of the last six teams to accomplish the feat went on to reach their conference championship game. Four of them played in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs can take another step towards locking up the AFC’s top seed with a win on Sunday.
Kansas City has already beaten the Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars – teams that were all ranked ahead of them at the start of the season according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
The Chiefs have won their last two meetings with the Patriots dating back to 2014. No team has ever won three regular-season meetings in a row against New England in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. If they become the first, Kansas City will improve to 6-0 and pull further away from New England atop the AFC.
The key to the Chiefs success is an offence that leads the AFC with an average of 35.0 points per game. Mahomes has completed 63.6 per cent of his pass attempts while throwing for 1,513 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions this season.
Mahomes turned 23 in September. The fact that he has been able to put up the numbers he has while winning his first seven career starts is a testament to his talent and maturity. It’s also a testament to the coaching staff and the talent around him.
That combination is evident in the success Mahomes has had getting the football out of his hands quickly. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Mahomes has averaged a league-best 9.5 yards per completion when getting the ball out of his hands within 2.5 seconds of the snap. He’s completed a ridiculous 79.3 per cent of his completions in those situations with 10 touchdowns compared to zero interceptions.
Three things in particular have to happen for Mahomes to put up those kinds of numbers. First, the coaching staff needs to have an offensive playbook in place that allows Mahomes to get the ball out of his hands quickly. Second, the playmakers around the young passer need to be able to create separation and get open. Third, Mahomes needs to make quick decisions and get the ball out his hands accurately. When all three of those things happen, it translates in to the kind of numbers that Mahomes is putting up.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is one of the most brilliant offensive minds in the NFL. It helps to have plenty of talented playmakers to work with including wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt. Of course, the fact that Mahomes has so much support doesn’t take away from how impressive it is that he has put up numbers that rival the stats Tom Brady put up through the first five games of his two MVP seasons.
Kansas City owns one of the most explosive offence’s in the NFL. The Chiefs offence must continue to produce if they are going to beat the Patriots.