Week 4, 2 2014. The Chiefs blow out the Patriots, 41-14, dominating the ball. The Patriots fell to 2-2, and the Chiefs rose to it. That is what happened the last time these two teams played. This time around, our roster is younger and better and the Chiefs’ is more banged up. The weather will be colder, which is good for the Pats, and the game is at Gillette.
Also, Bill Belichick had the backups mimic the Chiefs’ stars play style. Plus, Belichick showed the tape of 2014 to the current players and told them what they need to do differently that can really help. The environment is also different. It was a Monday Night Football game early in the regular season. This is a 4:30 playoff game on a Saturday. The Patriots have done plenty to prepare. Plus, none of the coaches have interviewed for jobs for us, put Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson interviewed for and got the job as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach.
Now here are the keys during the game to the Patriots winning.
- The Patriots need to do better on third down. The return of Julian Edelman will really help with that, but he is still hurt, they have to be careful and have other guys ready to make third down conversions.
- The offensive line needs to do a better job protecting Tom Brady from the great Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Despite LaAdrian Waddle and Tre’ Jackson being out, Sea Bass’ return will really help with that
- The run needs to continue to make an impact. Weren’t you jumping for joy when Steven Jackson scored his first Patriots touchdown 2 weeks ago?
- The defense needs to contain the Chiefs offense. Maclin, Albert Wilson and Travis Kelce will all be playing, other dangerous names are running backs Charcandrick West and Knile Davis, so the Chiefs offense is at a high point. But they need to contain them, no matter who’s playing.
My pick is that the Patriots win 30-23. I’m a little worried about players re-njuring themselves or the offense continuing to struggle regardless of Edelman’s return, but I think the o-line and defense have enough guys active to contain the Chiefs. Here’s the projected starting o-line today
LT: Sebastian Vollmer
LG: Shaq Mason or Bryan Stork
C: Bryan Stork or David Andrews
RG: Josh Kline
RT: Marcus Cannon
Not bad, but still not ideal.
Surprise Stars: My predicted stars of the game are Steven Jackson,Brandon Bolden, James White, Julian Edelman, Keshawn Martin, Rob Ninkovich, Jamie Collins and Malcolm Butler. Butler has top 5 league CB potential, Collins and Nink could continue what they did against the Jets, Keshawn Martin and Edelman are primed to breakout as they lead the team in 3rd down conversions, and Steven Jackson is ready for an encore of both last week and previous years after being team-less most of this season. Bolden and White should have good runs too.
|Marcus Cooper||CB||Inactive||Decent Corner|
|Mitch Morse||C||Inactive||Good Center|
|Aaron Murray||QB||Inactive||Need QB Depth|
|Ramik Wilson||ILB||Inactive||Decent Pass Rusher|
|Geneo Grissom||OLB||Inactive||Need The Extra LBs|
|Tre Jackson||OG||Inactive||Made Impact on Line|
|LaAdrian Waddle||T||Inactive||Made Impact on Line|
|Tavon Wilson||SS||Inactive||Helped Secondary|