The Chiefs and Patriots will face off on Monday, and both these teams are in a very unfamiliar situation. Positive COVID-19 tests for both Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu derailed this matchup and forced a postponement after it was originally set to kick off on Sunday. But the road has been cleared for this game to press on, and additional testing has shown no more positive tests for either team. That said, we’ll still be holding our breath essentially until kickoff as both clubs will be tested once again on Monday morning.
Date: Monday, Oct. 5 | Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri)
TV: CBS | Stream: CBS All Access
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Of course, New England will be at a severe disadvantage now that Newton will be sidelined for this game. Veteran Brian Hoyer is expected to start under center for the Patriots, while second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham will serve as his backup. He will try to upset Kansas City and move his Patriots to 3-1 on the year. Meanwhile, the Chiefs (3-0) will have their full complement of weapons that flexed their Lombardi muscles in Monday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens.
William Hill Sportsbook has the Chiefs as an 10.5-point favorite in this matchup while the Over/Under total is set at 48.5. Of course, that spread increased from Chiefs -7 to Chiefs -10.5 following the news that Newton will be sidelined. To see who our CBS Sports experts have winning this head-to-head, click here. Before we dive deeper into this matchup, here’s how you can tune into Pats-Chiefs.
With Newton under center, Josh McDaniels completely revamped the New England offense that leads the league in rushing yards (178.0) per game entering Week 4. Newton, of course, added a new dimension to the Patriots rushing attack as he is tied for the NFL rushing touchdown lead with four scores. Now that he’ll miss this matchup, it will be curious to see if the
Patriots return to an offense that looks more like the one Tom Brady ran throughout his tenure in New England. No matter if it’s Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham under center, they are not as mobile as Newton and likely could not run exactly the same offense as they have over the first three weeks.What they can continue to do, however, is lean on a deep backfield.
While Newton has been a focal point to that running game, the Patriots have been getting contributions from their stable of backs as well. Sony Michel is coming into Sunday fresh off his first 100-yard game since the 2018 AFC Championship against the Chiefs. Rex Burkhead has also stepped up in a big way in the absence of James White, totaling three touchdowns in Week 3. While, meanwhile, is primed to make his return on Monday after
missing two games following theloss of his father in a car accident. The ground game could be a solid area of attack for New England as the Chiefs are allowing 153 rushing yards per game this season. That said, they’ll need to keep the score close to commit to the run, which is something Baltimore failed to do last week against this squad.The passing game will be key for Hoyer and the Patriots offense to keep pace with the Chiefs’ high-powered offense. New England is currently in the bottom half of the league in passing yards per game 231.0 through the first three weeks.
As for the Chiefs offense, it’s the same old dominance we’ve seen from them essentially since Patrick Mahomes became the starter. The reigning Super Bowl MVP dazzled in his last performance against the Ravens, completing 73.8% of his passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns. He added 26 more yards and an additional score on the ground. Something of note with
Mahomes, however, as the calendar has now officially moved into October: Moving out of September has historically proved beneficial for the opponent as Mahomes’ completion percentage drops by nearly 4%, his passing yards per game dips by an average of 43 yards and has 18-7 touchdowns to interception ratio in October compared to his 32 touchdowns and zero picks in the month of September.