Chiefs (5-0) at Patriots (3-2)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Danny Sheridan’s line: by 3
Chiefs’ keys to victory: Coach Andy Reid has done a fantastic job of opening up the high-powered offense for QB Patrick Mahomes, whose 14 touchdown passes leads the league. The Patriots don’t have the speed to guard all of the Chiefs’ weapons on offense, and WR Tyreek Hill figures to be a problem. DE Dee Ford has quietly played well, but most of the Chiefs’ defensive line has, too — and that group will need to make Patriots QB Tom Brady as uncomfortable as possible. The Chiefs have been the best team in the league at stopping opponents on third down.
Patriots’ keys to victory: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will have a game plan to keep the Chiefs offense on the sideline as much as possible, and RB Sony Michel should be a big part of the equation — he is starting to come on, if the last two games are any evidence. The Patriots should have no problem getting what they want on offense but will need to score touchdowns and not settle for field goals. On defense, they need to hold Kansas City to field goals. The Chiefs are converting in the red zone at a ridiculous 82 percent clip.
Matchup to watch: Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller vs. Patriots WR Julian Edelman. In his first game of the season after serving a fourgame suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, Edelman was targeted nine times and caught seven passes. Fuller can’t let him get free that much.
Who wins? This will be one of the most interesting games of the season. There will be plenty of points, but the Chiefs will have a few more.
Chiefs, 31-28 Patriots