The matchup between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs already had a lot of intrigue to it, then Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, without Newton, the Patriots will take on the Chiefs on Monday night, so check out our Patriots at Chiefs betting preview.
Newton’s test caused the game to be postponed a day. Kansas City actually had a positive test come out as well (practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu), but neither team is having the widespread problem that the Tennessee Titans are currently dealing with, postponing their Week 4 game until later in the season.
Last week saw Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were sending a friendly reminder to the NFL on Monday Night Football that they are the defending champions. Kansas City manhandled the Ravens, winning 34-20 on the road.
Now the Patriots have to try to slow down the Chiefs without their starting signal-caller.
Super Bowl MVP Back In Full Force
Mahomes showed why he is the best player in the NFL, throwing for 385 yards against the Ravens, with five total touchdowns (four passing). The Chiefs not only got a great performance from the offense, but the defense was outstanding in shutting down the vaunted Baltimore Ravens rushing attack.
That kind of run defense is going to be needed against New England, which will certainly try to go with the ground game more with Newton sidelined.
After a Week 2 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers, there was talk that the Chiefs weren’t on the same level as last season’s Super Bowl championship team. In that win against the Chargers, the Chiefs were able to score only nine points through the first three quarters before a fourth-quarter comeback helped the team get a 23-20 overtime victory.
Mahomes looked rattled as he was hit as much as he had been in his career. The defense was getting shredded by rookie Justin Herbert, who didn’t find out he was starting the game until right before the start.
If you watched all the preview shows going into the game against the Ravens, it was clear Baltimore was the heavy favorite. With that performance, the Chiefs once again showed the AFC very well may go through Kansas City.
The Patriots had a new look under center with Newton replacing long-time quarterback, Tom Brady. But New England looked good in the first three weeks of the season, going 2-1.
Now, New England goes back to a familiar face in Brian Hoyer, who has been with the team as Brady’s backup for three previous stints. Hoyer certainly isn’t the passer that Newton is – or the physical presence – but he can get out and run, so the Patriots may be able to use some of the designed-run plays that they have for Newton.
The Patriots are literally two yards away from being undefeated, as they lost a thrilling Week 2 game against a Seattle Seahawks team that appears to be a top contender in the NFC. Simply put, the Patriots are here to stay once again.
New England heading into Week 4 ranked first in the NFL with 178 yards per game on the ground. So it’s no secret what the Patriots want to do, especially to try to keep the explosive Chiefs offense off the field.
If it feels like these two teams play every year, it is because they do. This will be Mahomes’ fourth game against the Patriots, with New England holding a 2-1 lead in the series.
The biggest game was a 37-31 overtime victory for the Patriots, at Arrowhead, in the 2018 AFC Championship Game. What makes this matchup so interesting is that coach Bill Belichik and Patrick Mahomes have had some crazy turnarounds when it comes to performances within the game.
The Patriots beat the Chiefs twice during the 2018 season, with the Patriots outscoring the Chiefs by a combined score of 38-9 in the first half of those games. However, in both of those games, the Chiefs would go on to score 31 points in the second half.
Last year, the Chiefs jumped out to a 20-7 lead but had to hold on to a 23-16 victory. What does all this mean? Both the Chiefs and Patriots have shown the ability to confuse the other side, but also the ability to make adjustments and have a dominating half.
Arrowhead Stadium is one of the best home advantages in all of sports. Unlike most of the other teams in the NFL, the Chiefs do have a home crowd, as they allow approximately 22 percent of its possible number of fans to attend the game.
Patriots at Chiefs Betting Prediction
With Newton or not, Kansas City was a favorite in this game. Without the former league MVP on the field, the Chiefs will have a slightly easier time staying unbeaten.
Prediction: Kansas City 31, New England 14