2016 NFL Playoff Odds - AFC Divisional - Chiefs vs. Patriots Betting Odds Preview

2016 NFL Playoff Odds - AFC Divisional - Chiefs vs. Patriots Betting Odds Preview

With the opportunity to play in the AFC championship game on the line the white hot Kansas City Chiefs head to New England to take on the Patriots in what could be the most entertaining game of the weekend.

The Chiefs had gone 22 years without a playoff win prior to their 30-0 demolition of the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round. Despite having to play on the road they immediately ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and never looked back as their defense produced 5 turnovers in a spectacular performance. This win was the 11th consecutive for a team that has been on a tear after starting the season 0-5. To put it in comparison, no other NFL team ended the regular season with more than 4 straight wins. All but one of these wins have been by more than a touchdown so they have been quite dominant throughout. Especially on the defensive side where they have allowed more than 20 points just once. They have been fortunate along the way to play both the Broncos and Steelers while their respective starting quarterbacks were hurt. Their biggest concern is the health of leading wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who caught 87 passes for 1,088 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. This follows last season in which the Chiefs offense went an entire season without a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. He suffered a high ankle sprain against Houston and is listed as day to day on the injury report. Having to win a game on the road in New England is tough enough; to do it without your best receiver is almost impossible.

The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots started off the season 9-0 and looked to be on their way to another season in which they would challenge the 1972 Dolphins undefeated record. However thanks to injuries all along the offense and a defense that has let a lot to be desired at times. They head to the playoffs losers of 4 of their last 6, including the last two games, which cost them the number one seed in the AFC. The injuries are starting to heal as they are expected to have Tom Brady’s top wide out Julian Edelman back in the lineup and along with Chandler Jones along the defensive line, which should boost the production on both sides of the ball. The Patriots are a perfect 9-0 in the with Edelman who had 61 catches for 692 yards and 7 touchdowns while healthy and more significantly the team averaged 33.7 points per game in the games he played in.

The Chiefs will be looking to continue an impressive streak and if it’s going to happen quarterback Alex Smith is going to need avoid turnovers. Smith didn’t throw and interception for 9 straight games but has now thrown 5 over his last 5 starts. The Patriots have notoriously been tough at home and the return of some injured players is certain to provide a boost.

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