After pulling off an upset road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 7, a rested Patriots roster will look to carry momentum over into Sunday’s showdown with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Once a premier matchup between two powerhouses in the NFL, Patriots/Chiefs has lost its luster amid New England’s plummet to the bottom of the AFC standings. This was originally slated to be a primetime game on Monday Night Football, only for the NFL to flex it to Sunday a few weeks ago.
Still, Bailey Zappe and New England’s largely listless offense finally showed signs of life against Pittsburgh, scoring three first-half touchdowns en route to a 21-18 win at Acrisure Stadium.
And even though Kansas City has plenty of talent in place, Mahomes and Co. have been trudging through some struggles as of late. Kansas City is 8-5 — suffering two more losses than it did all of last season — and have been hampered by a lack of explosive weapons around its generational quarterback.
Kansas City is averaging just 22.5 points per game this season, scoring fewer than 20 points in three of its last four games. This could serve as another statement game for a stingy New England defense.