Another key to tonight's game will be the acting of Tom Brady and Stevan Ridley. They need to help each other (and themselves) out by selling plays better. There have been multiple times this season when they have just gone through the motions of the play thereby leaving the other player out to dry. If they both consistently sell the plays tonight, then we might finally see some big yardage gains either from Ridley or maybe in the air. Of course when we do have someone wide open downfield Brady needs to get the ball there. Heading into this weekend, the Chiefs were one of the worst teams when it came to giving up big rushing plays with 14 of them. Conversely, the Patriots have only converted 6 big rushing plays on the the offensive side of the ball. If not for some untimely offensive holding penalties, that number would be a bit bigger.
Speaking of penalties, that is the other thing the Patriots need to take care of tonight. No more stupid penalties! While the team has been great when it comes to turnovers (0 interceptions and 0 rushing fumbles- best in the league), they have a season's worth of negative penalty yards already. If you're wondering where the 3 turnovers from the Miami game have gone, two were strip sacks and one was on a blocked punt. So when you at the leaders for least amount of fumbles and interceptions, the Patriots are leading the way with zero.
Another category that the Patriots are leading the way at so far this season is drops. While KC players drop 6.1% of their passes, the Patriots are tops in the league with only 1.8%. When you look that their offensive statistics they are really all over the place at this point. They are either in the top five or bottom five for almost every category.
Although my prediction last week was way off, I'm still going to give you one this week.
30 Points 6
429 Yards 270
1 Turnovers 2
3 Sacks 1