NFL Week 11 Pick: Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots Preview
The ties between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots run strong, but the two teams don’t get a chance to see each other all that often. That’ll battle it out on the NFL odds on Monday Night Football though, which should create for an amazing setting for a game between two teams that badly need a victory.
That four game winning streak that the Chiefs went on a month ago was all fine and dandy, but over the course of the last two weeks, it really has all gone down the drain. Playing games at home against the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos really should have been wins, yet both games were lost, and now, KC is a game back in the AFC West with a slew of injuries mounting. The team had just gotten used to the idea of using QB Matt Cassel, a former Patriot as more of a passer and letting RB Jackie Battle pick up the scraps on the ground without RB Jamaal Charles, who is out for the year with an ACL injury. Now, Cassel is hurt, and he could be out for the season with a hand injury, which leaves the ball in the hands of QB Tyler Palko. Palko has never really been known as a proficient passer, and he has been a career backup, but ironically, it was right here in New England when Cassel got his start for an injured QB Tom Brady, who was knocked out for the season in Week 1 in 2008 when he took on… yep… these Chiefs. This is also the return to New England for GM Scott Pioli, who helped build this Patriots dynasty in the front office.
The potential disaster of dropping to 5-4 was averted last week on the road at MetLife Stadium, as the Pats picked up their second win of the season against the New York Jets and took the slight edge in the AFC East in doing so. The schedule has thinned out dramatically from here, and New England shouldn’t be giving this lead up any time in the near future, and this game, which already looked like a guaranteed ‘W’, looks even stronger now with Cassel on the shelf. Brady become the second man on the season to throw for over 3,000 yards, getting to 3,032 after just nine games last week against the Jets. He’s got 23 TDs against 10 picks, and he is just doing everything that he needs to do to be the league’s MVP this year. It probably won’t happen, as QB Aaron Rodgers seems to have that wrapped up, but Brady is the league leader in passing yards per game, and he will almost certainly break QB Dan Marino’s record for most yards in a single season this year.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots Pick: We just don’t know, even with Tyler Palko at the helm, whether the Pats really can cover more than two touchdowns in a game or not. The Chiefs do play reasonable defense, and we do think that DC Romeo Crennel, another former Pat, knows exactly what it takes to beat the Brady Bunch. No, the Chiefs don’t have the offense to win this game, but they do have the defense to stick in it if they offense can get to 13 points or so.
NFL Pick: Kansas City Chiefs +14.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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