New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Breaking Down Patriots’ Game Plan – Bleacher Report
A pair of nightmares for Chiefs fans.
The New England Patriots aren’t strangers to hostile environments, but Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium will certainly be a test of a young team’s mettle. A sea of red awaits, crashing down on the ears of the visiting with a cacophony of sound.
An offensive line that has struggled in the best of circumstances will not have it easy. Bill Belichick certainly will have a plan to mitigate the home-field advantage, but he has an intriguing Kansas City Chiefs football team to deal with in addition to the crowd.
Here is what New England needs to do to continue its winning ways.
Patriots Defense vs. Chiefs Offense
The Patriots could very well be 0-3 without amazing performances by Dont’a Hightower, Chandler Jones and the opportunistic defensive secondary. They’ll have to be at the top of their game again this week.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith doesn’t have a lot of weapons to stretch the field vertically—Donnie Avery and the shell of Dwayne Bowe are his starting receivers—but he has a lot of talented players who can make plays with the ball in their hands.
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Tight end Travis Kelce should be a focal point of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s game plan. Kelce has speed to burn, so don’t be surprised if Devin McCourty or even Darrelle Revis is tasked with covering him when he is on the field.
Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles are two running backs who can make you pay in space. Getting multiple players to the ball and sound open-field tackling are going to be of paramount importance.