NFL Divisional Playoffs – Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
Saturday, January 16, 2016 – 4:35 pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs looked like world beaters shutting out the Houston Texans 30 to 0 in last Saturday’s Wild game. Kansas City’s helmsman Alex Smith managed the game smartly by passing long when Houston defense didn’t expect him to. It was Smith’s mobility that made his production hard to defend most of the time. It was their ground attack rushing for 141 yards on 37 totes that helped Smith tremendously. Now the question is, can Smith be so productive versus a New England defense that does allow 98 yards rushing and 240 passing yards which is average at best.
NFL Divisional Playoff Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+5.5||O42.5|
|New England Patriots||-5.5||U42.5|
|Avg. Yds. (Rank)||Category||Avg. Yds. (Rank)|
|203.4 (29th)||Pass Off.||286.7 (5th)|
|127.8 (6th)||Rush Off.||87.8 (30th)|
|231.1 (9th)||Pass Def.||240.7 (16th)|
|11-5||98.2 (7th)||Rush Def.||98.8 (8th)||12-4|
When you think of the New England Patriots these days, you must look at the injury list to see who is left standing. No, seriously the Patriots had so many players hurt that is unbelievable they finished the season with a record of 12 and 4. All season long the majority of their injuries on the offensive line as the coaches ha to do patch work to keep Brady right side up. Another area that has been hit hard by injuries is at wide receiver and at tight end, and at running back. New England helmsman Tom Brady had a tough time dealing with key injuries that affected his production. Overall, somehow Tom Brady completed 66.6 percent of his passes and accumulated 5,338 yards along with 44 touchdowns and only tossed 7 interceptions for the season. Brad gets back his favorite wide out Julian Edelman who is probable for this matchup.
The Bottom Line: The primary question is, can New England’s offensive line give Tom Brady time to be productive enough versus a Kansas City defense that only allowed 8 points a game in the last 4 matchups while creating 9 turnovers during the period of time.
Selection: Kansa City +5.5