NFL Playoff Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (1/16)

January 16, 2016 Posted in US Sportsbooks Sites News by No Comments

NFL Playoff Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (1/16)

Date: Saturday, January 16 – 4:35 PM ET
Site: Gillette Stadium – Foxborogh, MA
TV Coverage: CBS

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NFL Playoff Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (1/16)
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Pointspread: Patriots -4.5 (-108) / Chiefs +4.5 (-102)
Total: Over 43 points (-103) / Under 43 points (-107)

The New England Patriots remember the Monday night game last September when they were thoroughly beaten 41-14 by the Kansas City Chiefs. There was the insulting talk that Tom Brady should possibly be replaced, but all that did was spur the Pats on, as they rallied to in the AFC East again, then moved on to the Super Bowl, where they beat Seattle. Now the Chiefs come into Gillette Stadium in even better shape, having won 11 straight games, and decimating the Houston Texans last week, intercepting Brian Hoyer four times en route to a 30-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Patriots got a first-round bye, which enabled them to rest of some players. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been practicing lightly, but there’s no reason to suspect that he shouldn’t be ready to go for this one. Left tackle Sebastian Vollmer has also gotten some rest, and he will be there to protect Brady’s blind side. But the big news is that wide receiver Julian Edelman will see action for the first time in two months. Edelman went out on November 15 with a foot injury, and New England’s offensive production went down with it. Not that they were completely impotent, but to illustrate, they had scored 30 points or more in six of their first seven games, and in the seven games they have been without Edelman, they have reached that total only once. Also, they have converted only 31% of their third downs without him.

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BetAnySports patrons have to respect what Kansas City has done with its running game since Jamaal Charles went down with an injury that ended his season. They have been one of the more effective teams on the ground, averaging 136 yards per game after that injury took place. And during this 11-game winning streak, they have permitted only 11.7 points per game. So we can conclude that it won’t be all that easy for New England to move the football.

However, we also know that the Patriots are very good at taking care of the “rock.” In fact, they turned it over only 14 times, and that does not provide much “red meat” for the Chiefs, which are one of those teams that needs to win the turnover battle. What might also alarm Kansas City backers is the fact that this defense has allowed touchdowns in the red zone 60% of the time. With their double-tight end formations and the presence of Edelman, the Pats have to be considered a very dangerous team inside the 20.

If it comes down to a contest where the Chiefs, with All-Pro performers Eric Berry and Marcus Peters in the secondary, can neutralize the passing game, there would be much uncertainty among BetAnySports customers as to whether New England can get themselves untracked on the ground. Steven Jackson, who had a slew of 1000-yard seasons for the Rams, was signed as a free agent a couple of weeks ago, but he hadn’t played all season prior to that. Coach Bill Belichick is going to make Jackson a very real part of this offense, as we keep in mind that Kansas City has allowed only three rushing touchdowns in their last 13 games.

We are expecting that New England is going to try to take away whatever the most dangerous weapon on the Kansas City side is. That may not be wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a high ankle sprain last week against Houston and certainly won’t be at 100%, if he does play. When you consider that Maclin had 87 receptions, 1088 yards and eight touchdowns, it would be a big deal if the effect of his presence was mitigated. Remember that the Patriots have 49 sacks on the season, and Alex Smith has been susceptible to opposition pass rushers, getting sacked 45 times in the regular season.

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