The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots will square off in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game this week. With both teams hoping to make a deep playoff run, can Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs send a message to the Patriots in Week 14?
In last year’s playoff game between these two teams, New England walked into Arrowhead Stadium and narrowly defeated the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime. This time around, Kansas City will have to travel to Foxborough to face the reigning Super Bowl champs.
The odds are definitely against the Chiefs in this game, considering that New England has won 21 straight games (including the postseason) at Gillette Stadium. The last loss for the Patriots at home came at the hands of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 of the 2017 season.
With that being said, the Patriots are slightly vulnerable right now with the struggles they’ve had on the offensive side of the ball. In New England’s past four games, they’ve averaged only 18 points per game.
Despite their recent struggles, New England still boasts a 10-2 record and is still a team that could be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl yet again. Provided that, it would be monumental for Kansas City to take down the proverbial ‘Goliath’ in the NFL.
This season, the Chiefs have gotten off to an 8-4 record as they are expected to win the AFC West for the fourth straight season. At the same time, Mahomes is having another spectacular campaign with 2,983 yards, 20 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
While the gunslinging quarterback has been impressive, the offense hasn’t been the same high-flying group that we saw in 2018. Nevertheless, the trio of Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce continues to cause headaches for opposing defensive coordinators.
On Sunday, Kansas City was able to defeat the Oakland Raiders by a score of 40-9. By looking at the score, you would assume that Mahomes and the offense terrorized Oakland’s decimated defense.
Contrary to belief, the Chiefs’ offense totaled only 259 yards and Mahomes had just 175 yards through the air. It was actually the defense and special teams that aided in Kansas City’s lopsided victory.
Even with the defense’s performance in Week 13, it’s been hard to trust them this season. Following their win over the Raiders, the Chiefs still have the 25th ranked defense in the NFL.
Up to this point, many have chosen the Baltimore Ravens or the Patriots as the prohibitive favorites in the AFC. Given that, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can show everyone that they should also be mentioned as AFC favorites if they can beat the Patriots on the road in Week 14.