There are just four weeks remaining in the 2019-20 NFL season, and there are still some terrific playoff races that need to be decided. The AFC is loaded with some terrific teams again this season, and two of them are set to meet up in week 14. The New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game that was on by New England. There are plenty of reasons to think that this could also be a preview of the conference championship game again this season.
New England comes into this game having just lost to the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football, and they are reeling a bit. The Patriots are still 10-2 this season, but they have not been as dominant as they have been in recent seasons. New England has the Buffalo Bills right on their heels in the AFC East. Kansas City has won two straight games to improve their record to 8-4 on the season. The Chiefs sit in first place in the AFC West, and it looks like they are going to win the division again this season. The New England Patriots are -3.0 point favorites in this game.
Patriots Still Needing Some Offense
The New England Patriots are in need of some offense if they are going to make another run at a Super Bowl title. The Patriots are still averaging 26.7 points per game, but their defense has played a huge role in their scoring output. Quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for over 3,200 yards this season, but he is completing just over 62 percent of his passes. Brady is running out of talented receivers to throw the ball to, and the Patriots are averaging just 96 rushing yards per game.
Defense has led the way for New England this season, but they were gashed by the Houston Texans on Sunday night. The Patriots are still allowing just 12.1 points per game, but their secondary will be tested in this game. New England has racked up nearly 40 sacks this season, and they must find a way to get pressure on Patrick Mahomes in this game.
Mahomes Back and Playing Well For Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes missed a few games due to injury earlier this season, but he is back and throwing the ball all over the field. Mahomes is closing in on 3,000 yards again this season, and has thrown 20 touchdown passes. Tight end Travis Kelce has been his favorite target, and Kelce has caught 68 passes for 923 yards this season. The Chiefs are scoring 29.0 points per game this season, and they will try to win this one with their offense.
Defense has been an issue at times for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Tom Brady has picked them apart in recent seasons, the Chiefs are giving up over 22 points per game this season, but their offense has bailed them out more often than not. Kansas City has allowed just 26 total points in their last two wins, and they are playing much better.
Patriots Beat Chiefs Again
On paper it looks like the Chiefs are the much better team in this matchup, but the New England Patriots have a history of playing well against Kansas City. Head coach Bill Belichick is going to force the Chiefs to run the ball in this game, and that is not something that Kansas City does well. The Chiefs will score some points in this game, but it won’t be enough to overcome their porous defense. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will score some points in this game, and pick up a much needed home win. Bet the New England Patriots -3.0 over the Kansas City Chiefs in this week 14 matchup. Take the Patriots by a field goal at Realbookies.com which is the top pay per head bookie location around.