The Kansas City Chiefs have won 11 straight and are coming off a 30-0 win over the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card round. Still, they aren’t expected to beat the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots when the two teams meet on Saturday.
Chiefs vs. Patriots 2016 One of the big factors contributing to the picks could be Julian Edelman’s return for the Patriots and Jeremy Maclin’s potential absence for the Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots AFC Divisional playoff game will stream for free, live online on Saturday, and fans who watch will get to find out of the Patriots M*A*S*H unit can finally get healthy enough to pull themselves out of their late season slump and take a step toward returning to the Super Bowl for the second straight year and ninth time in franchise history. New England dropped four of its last six games in the regular season, after starting off on a 10-0 wining streak.
But, their 12-4 record was good enough to earn them a bye, and Saturday in their first playoff game they face a Chiefs team that won its final 10 regular season games, and added a 30-0 shellacking of the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card round last week to stretch that winning streak to 11.
The outcome of the game, the first of the four games played on Divisional Round weekend — every football fan’s favorite weekend of the season — will depend largely on whether the Patriots can get their key players back in the lineup and, if not 100 percent healthy, healthy enough to execute the game plan drawn up by Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite target, missed the last seven games with a broken bone in his foot. But, he is now listed as “probable” for Saturday on the Patriots injury report and is expected to play.
With Edelman healthy, the Patriots have averaged almost 100 more yards per game than when he was sidelined. He sat for seven games this season with a broken foot, during which the team lost in surprising fashion to the Eagles, Jets and Dolphins. The beginning of the season was the saving grace for the team, with enough wins to earn a first-week bye in the postseason and another week for Edelman to prepare for his return.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was very effective against the Texans, completing 77.3 percent of passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. If he’s without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a high ankle sprain — in what looked like a scary replay of his former knee injury — the running backs will have to carry more of the offensive load.
It’s not unanimous, but a majority of the experts at ESPN think the the home team will come out on top. The same is true at CBS Sports, where seven of eight writers are taking the expect the Patriots. Here at SB Nation, the experts are willing to give Kansas City a slightly better shot, with three of eight picking the Alex Smith-led team.
As soon as Patriots fans started celebrating the return of Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski — another, perhaps even more essential weapon in New England’s offensive attack — missed two practices and reportedly received an injection in his knee, which he injured in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.More AFC NFL Live Stream More Game Just Click Here:-Patriots Live Stream