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This week’s edition of ‘Sunday Night Football’ features two of the inner-circle contenders in the AFC going head to head. Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots play host to Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night (8:20 p.m., NBC, stream on FUBOTV), and who wins this one could go a long way toward determining who gets home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
A Patriots win puts them right back in the mix for a No. 1 seed over the rest of the season, while Kansas City jumping out to a 6-0 record while holding the tiebreaker against the most likely contender for the spot would give them a whole lot more than just a leg up in the race. These two teams squared off in a night game in New England last year, and it was then that the Chiefs’ offense announced itself as a force to be reckoned with and one of the most creative units in the NFL. Things have only gotten more creative and more explosive since then, as the transition from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes has gone about as well as could possibly be expected.
Belichick and company will be ready for the Chiefs’ trickeration this time around, though, and won’t be caught off guard. And you can be sure Josh McDaniels, Tom Brady, and the New England offense will have some new wrinkles for the Chiefs’ defense to contend with on the other side of the ball.
New England’s offense has gotten back on track in a big way over the past several weeks. When we covered the Patriots’ offense in this space ahead of their game against the Miami Dolphins a few weeks ago, we detailed two major struggles: running the ball and throwing downfield.
The New England running game, in particular, has struggled to get on track and that may not cease any time soon. Jeremy Hill was lost for the season to a torn ACL in Week 1, and Rex Burkhead was placed on Injured Reserve with a neck injury earlier this week. Add in the fact that rookie Sony Michel is seemingly still hobbled by the knee injury that plagued him during training camp and has been wildly ineffective so far 24 carries for 84 yards and it’s not looking good for the Patriots rushing attack.
Brady struggled for a few years in the early 2010s to throw the ball downfield, but in recent seasons he had cleaned that issue up and become an excellent deep thrower. This year has been a return to poor form. On throws 15 or more yards downfield, Brady is just 6 of 18 for 139 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His 57.4 passer rating on such throws ranks 31st among the 34 quarterbacks who have attempted at least five passes 15 or more yards downfield.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Patriots’ backfield has been much better since losing Burkhead. Narrowing down the backfield options to only Sony Michel and James White has been beneficial, as the roles are now much more clearly delineated and the Pats are much more focused in attacking opposing defenses. Michel has rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries over the past two weeks, while White has essentially operated as Brady’s de facto No. 1 receiver, moving all over the field to create matchup issues and smoke linebackers and safeties on option routes. He has 18 catches for 145 yards and two scores in the past two games.
Kansas City’s pass defense has struggled badly this season against running backs out of the backfield, so White could be in for yet another big game. Opposing backs have 39 catches for 454 yards and three scores against Kansas City so far this season. The Chiefs have also struggled badly against tight ends, which is definitely not a sentence you want to read when you’re about to go up against Rob Gronkowski. Opposing tight ends have 33 grabs for 453 yards and a touchdown against KC, with players like Jesse James (5-138-1), George Kittle (5-79), and even Jeff Heuerman (4-57) and Niles Paul (7-65) having big games against them. Gronk has been somewhat quiet so far this season, averaging the second-lowest yards per reception figure of his career and scoring just once in five games. This is a blow-up spot for him against one of the NFL’s worst defenses.
Having Julian Edelman back on the field to work the underneath zone areas should benefit the New England passing game. Brady and Edelman have mind-meld type chemistry, and he fits much better in that role than did Chris Hogan, who has just been dreadful this year. Using Edelman underneath with Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and even Cordarrelle Patterson stretching the field vertically on the perimeter should open things up for Gronkowski inside, and the Chiefs are unlikely to be able to deal with that.