Patriots vs. Chiefs Point Spread: 2015/16 NFL Playoffs

Mike Schultz | Updated Jan 12, 2016

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During the 2014 season, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 41-14 in a game that had everyone wondering if Tom Brady had much of a career left. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl that year, but will now once again face the +5.0 underdog Chiefs, who could make it difficult for the Pats to reach the Promised Land for a second year in a row. Kansas City plays the type of defense that forces good offense into bad games. They have a better shot at knocking off the defending champs than most think. The point spread is currently favoring the New England Patriots at -5.

2015/16 NFL Playoffs: New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Point Spread: Patriots -5 Over/under: 42 Date: Saturday, January 16, 4:35pm ET Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have extended their winning streak to 11 games after thoroughly dismantling the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round and will need to play mistake-free against a New England defense that is allowing just 19 points per game. Kansas City may not have leading receiver Jeremy Maclin in the line up due to a high ankle sprain, which means tight end Travis Kelce will be a big part of the game plan. If they can balance Kelce with a balanced running attack, they could do just enough to outlast New England.

If there’s one defense that can make Brady look pedestrian, it’s the +5 underdog Kansas City team. With 47 sacks on the season, expect outside linebacker Justin Houston to be set loose against New England. A big game from the rest of the front seven could spell doom for a Patriots offense that has few players healthy when it matters most. If the Chiefs can get consistent pressure up front and play well enough in coverage, they could hold the score low enough for the offense.

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New England Patriots

The team that started out the year in dominant fashion has begun to sputter, but has over-achieved defensively. While the Chiefs aren’t known for having a high-flying offense, they’re certainly capable of big numbers on the ground. New England will need to keep the running game contained or they’ll open up their suspect secondary to Kelce’s big play ability. The Patriots will need to limit opportunities in the middle of the field if they hope to come away with a win.

The Patriots always seem to stay afloat regardless of who is out with injury, but they’re going to have to dig deep against the Chiefs phenomenal defense. With Julian Edelman back in the line up, New England will look to get into a rhythm quickly to neutralize Kansas City’s pass rush. While the offense hasn’t been as productive as they were early in the season, they’re capable of putting up points quickly. A few quick scores would go a long way to ensuring the Patriots advance to the AFC Championship.

NFL Divisional Playoff Prediction

The Chiefs are looking like a fired up team after trouncing the Texans, but face a different beast in the Patriots. While the game might be closer than some expect, they just don’t have enough on the offensive side of the ball to keep pace with New England.

Patriots, 23-16

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