Chiefs (5-0) at Pa­tri­ots (3-2)

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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

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