The Chiefs are coming to town on Saturday, a year removed from the 41-14 beat down they gave the Patriots inside of Arrow Stadium. This time, the meeting place will be inside of Gillette Stadium on a cold winter’s night with a different 2015 Patriots team.
Below I will go over the three matchup the Pats must win on Saturday.
1. CB Marcus Peters Vs WR Julian Edelman:
What a matchup we have here between a rookie corner and the savvy veteran wide out. You have to believe the Patriots will match up Edelman against Peters, at least a few times, to test the young corner who mainly stays on the left side of the field. I don’t know if Edelman will have the same speed and swiftness as usual, but 70% is better than zero. It’s a great matchup for both sides and whoever wins the day will help their team win the game.
2. CB Sean Smith Vs WR Brandon LaFell:
Sean Smith, the big corner from Kansas City many Pats fans, including myself, was hoping the Patriots would trade for but did not. He’s big and he’s really good. The Patriots will probably mix things up and you’ll see LaFell against Smith and Peters and Edelman against both corners and their slot corner. But, I can see the Pats making this a match up for most of the game. They are the same size and while it bodes well for Smith, maybe LaFell will finally breakout in this game. If LaFell can, the Pats should move the ball at ease, but this is a tough test for the Pats wide outs. They have to win these battles, especially LaFell, to help the OL out.
3. TE Travis Kelce Vs SS Patrick Chung:
What a time for Chung to be healthy and go against a top five tight end in the league. Alex Smith loves throwing to his tight end and running back way more than his wide receivers, so the main focus in the passing game will be taking away Kelce. Chung has been excellent all season, but this is by far his toughest and most important test, and if he passes, the Chiefs passing game should be stuck in neutral.