The Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the New England Patriots in the first AFC Divisional NFL playoff game on Saturday afternoon, January 16, 2016, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Game time is 4:35 pm EDT and the game is on TV on CBS with announcers Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts along with sideline reporter Evan Washburn.
This is the first NFL Divisional Round playoff game being played this weekend and the game looks to be an intriguing one. The Chiefs come into this game fresh off a 30-0 win over the Houston Texans last week in the Wildcard round of the playoffs and Kansas City has won 11 straight games. The Patriots went 12-4 this season but they won their first 10 games and then finished the season going just 2-4 as the team’s offense has been decimated by injuries. Are the Patriots healthy enough to win this game or will the Chiefs roll to their 12th straight win?
- Kansas City Chiefs +5 at New England Patriots (O/U is 42)
Despite having won 11 straight games the Kansas City Chiefs are a 5 point underdog in the betting odds to beat the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL playoffs on the road in Foxborough late Saturday afternoon. The Chiefs are 12-5 this season. The five teams they lost to went a combined 53-31 (.631). The 12 teams the Chiefs beat this season went a combined 86-109 (.441). While the Chiefs have won 11 straight games the last eight teams they beat have combined records of just 47-82 (.364) and the only team of those eight with a winning record was the Texans last week.
Alex Smith has an impressive 30-16 record as the Chiefs starting QB in the regular season in his career. Smith’s win over the Texans last week improved his playoff record with the Chiefs to 1-1 and he’s 2-2 as a starting QB in the NFL playoffs lifetime. Alex Smith has played well in the playoffs throwing 10 TD passes vs just one interception in four games but he has fumbled the ball three times in those games.
The New England Patriots went 12-4 this season to win the AFC East. The four teams they lost to went a combined 35-29 (.546). The 12 teams the Patriots beat this season went a combined 86-107 (.446). The Patriots were rolling along this season with 10 straight wins but have been slowed lately with injuries to key offensive players like WR Julian Edelman who is set to return for this playoff game vs the Chiefs.
Patriots QB Tom Brady is a very impressive 21-8 lifetime as a starting quarterback in the NFL playoffs. That’s a 72.4% winning percentage vs the best teams in the NFL lifetime over 29 playoff games including Super Bowl games.
The over/under for the game is 42 points. The Chiefs averaged 25 points scored per game while the Patriots averaged 29 points scored per game this season. The Chiefs defense gave up an average of 18 points per game while the Patriots defense gave up 20 points per game.
This intriguing NFL playoff game is filled with question marks. The Patriots were rolling along this season until injuries on offense really slowed the team down. Without those injuries the Patriots would likely have no problem beating the Chiefs this week in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs at home. Will the Patriots be healthy enough this week to beat the Chiefs anyway?
Kansas City comes into this game on a serious roll having won 11 straight games including last week’s 30-0 playoff win over the Texans. But the combined records of the last eight teams the Chiefs beat is just 47-82. Are the Chiefs really good enough to beat the Patriots on the road this week in the playoffs or is their winning streak mainly a product of playing bad teams?
The odds makers have made the Patriots a pretty decent favorite at 5 points for this game so they obviously believe the Pats will be healthy enough to beat the Chiefs and factored into that number is the weak opponents the Chiefs have been beating up on. Will the odds makers be right? Tune in Saturday afternoon to find out.