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Postby linchao » 30 Apr 2019, 06:42

The New England Patriots took care of business earlier today by completely dominating the visiting Los Angeles Chargers en route to a 41-28 victory. It was a strong performance by the AFC’s number two seed from start to finish — one that sets up a meeting with the number one next week: the Patriots will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to go against the 13-4 Kansas City Chiefs with a Super Bowl ticket on the line.We will break down the contest all week long James Develin Color Rush Jersey , but for right now make sure to get a first impression of the matchup ahead with our five quick things to know about Patriots versus Chiefs.Kansas City fields the NFL’s best offenseYou may have heard it by now, but the Chiefs’ offense is outstanding — and it did not skip a beat despite losing starting tailback Kareem Hunt in November. The unit rolled though the season up to this point and scored 26+ points in every single one of its games so far. All in all, Kansas City’s offense averages 33.4 points per contest (when factoring in defensive and special teams scores the number jumps to 35.1) and is seemingly able to add to the scoreboard at will as its ridiculous 3.3 points scored per drive show.Patrick Mahomes is terrificA big reason for the Chiefs’ success is the usual cast of characters. But while tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill are both among the best at their positions, second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the engine that makes the whole machine run. The 23-year old is a safe bet to win the NFL MVP title this year after completing 383 of 580 passing attempts during the regular season for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Mahomes has been very good so far this year and is excellent when it comes to keeping plays alive or throwing from outside the pocket.Both teams changed quite a bit since their week 6 meetingNew England and Kansas City met in week six and the Patriots came away victoriously by defeating the visitors 43-40 on a last-second field goal. Since then Drew Bledsoe Jersey , however, both teams underwent some turnover. The Chiefs lost the aforementioned Hunt but will have Justin Houston and possibly Eric Berry available on defense; the Patriots will be without Josh Gordon but have seen the emergence of J.C. Jackson and John Simon. One thing that did not change: both teams are still very good.The Chiefs defense struggles against the runWhile Kansas City’s offense has been explosive and productive all year long, its defense has been rather inconsistent. Not only did the unit rank in the bottom third in every major statistical category — with one notable exception being sacks (the Chiefs led the NFL with 52) — it had particular issues versus the run. The worst ranked run defense per Football Outsiders, Kansas City gave up 5.0 yards a rush during the regular season. New England averaged 4.7 yards per carry in week six (37 non-kneel down runs for 174 yards) and scored three times on the ground.Kansas City is not invincible at homeEven though Arrowhead Stadium is one of the best homefield advantages in the NFL, the Chiefs are not invincible there. Kansas City went 8-1 this season so far with the one loss coming against a team that was blown out by the Patriots today: the Chargers went into the stadium in week 15 and left 29-28 after a frantic fourth quarter rally. In order to get a similar result next Sunday, the Patriots will need to overcome their road woes — the team went just 3-5 outside of Foxboro this regular season — and jump to a quick start. When the Patriots acquired defensive end Michael Bennett last month Lawrence Guy Color Rush Jersey , they did so by trading their 2020 fifth-round pick to the Eagles for Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round pick. That’s the kind of move the Patriots love.In fact, since 2014 the Patriots have made 14 trades that involved a veteran player switching teams for swap of draft picks within two rounds of each other, according to the . That’s by far the most such trades in the NFL; no other team has even made seven such trades.In addition to Bennett, the Patriots acquired Kyle Van Noy and Jason McCourty, two key players on their defense, that way. Last year the Patriots acquired offensive tackle Trent Brown in such a trade , they got a good year out of him and this year he left for free agency, getting a big contract from the Raiders that will net the Patriots a third-round compensatory pick next year.Bill Belichick understands that the difference in talent between a fifth-round pick and a seventh-round pick isn’t much, so he doesn’t mind moving down on the third day of the draft if he can pick up a veteran player in the process. Those types of trades are one of the reasons the Patriots manage to stay on top of the NFL, year after year.
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