The New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game. These two teams are both terrific again this season, and they could easily be in the conference title game again. Kansas City has one of the most explosive offenses in the National Football League, while the Patriots have the best defense in the league.
New England comes into this game with a record of 10-2, but it suffered a loss in Week 13 to the Houston Texans. The Patriots still lead the AFC East, but they have some company in the AFC. Kansas City brings an 8-4 record into this week, and it is trending in the right direction. The Chiefs lead the AFC West and could wrap up the division this weekend. New England is a three-point favorite over Kansas City in this game. Read on for insight on how you should be placing your bet on this NFL game.
Patriots Need More From Brady
If the Patriots are going to make another return to the Super Bowl this season, they are going to need Tom Brady to play much better. Brady has completed just 62 percent of his passes this season, and the Patriots have allowed him to be sacked more than 20 times. Running back Sony Michel has also not been as great this season as he was in 2018, and that has hurt the Patriots’ chances to score.
The defense has been terrific for New England this season, as they are allowing just over 12 points per game. The Patriots have racked up close to 40 sacks as a team and have also forced 28 turnovers this season. New England will have to find a way to blitz and slow down Patrick Mahomes in this game.
Chiefs Will Have to Defend
The Chiefs know that they can score points in a hurry, but their defense has a habit of giving them up in a hurry as well. Kansas City is giving up 22.1 points per game this season, and Brady has been a thorn in its side over the last few seasons. The Chiefs have 34 sacks so far this season, and getting pressure in the face of Brady could help out their secondary in this game.
Mahomes has still thrown 20 touchdowns this season despite sitting out more than a handful of games. The Chiefs are averaging 29.0 points per game this season, which makes them the third highest-scoring team in the NFL. Kansas City will need to run the ball better in this game, but it should put up plenty of points.
New England Beats Kansas City Again
There is no doubt that the New England Patriots have the Kansas City Chiefs’ number, especially at home. New England has not been playing its best football this season, but it is still an impressive 10-2 on the season. Kansas City wants to win this game with its offense, but that is easier said than done against the Patriots. New England will get just enough offense from Brady to win this game. Bet the Patriots -3.0 over the Chiefs in this Week 14 showdown.