Patriots vs. Chiefs 2014: Kansas City hosts New England on ‘Monday Night … – SB Nation
Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking for a “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs.
The New England Patriots (1-2) travel to the Midwest to face the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) in a primetime matchup on Monday Night Football to end Week 4. The Patriots have thrived in the weekly spotlight, going 11-3 on MNF during the last 10 seasons, but will face a huge challenge in playing at one of the league’s most hostile environments in Arrowhead Stadium.
New England is coming off an ugly 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders, a game that exposed the unexpected offensive struggles of this Patriots team. For the second time in three games the Patriots failed to gain 300 yards of offense, and scored just one touchdown in four red zone attempts. The Patriots might be staring at a 1-2 record if not for their defense, which kept the Raiders out of the end zone and forced a key turnover near the goal line to preserve the win.
The Chiefs picked up their first win of the season in Week 3, routing the Miami Dolphins on the road, 34-15. The win was even more impressive considering that it came with All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles and six other starters on the sideline with various injuries. Backup RB Knile Davis had a big game with a career-high 132 yards on 32 carries, while Joe McKnight had two touchdown catches.
When you think of great offenses in today’s NFL, the Patriots are usually one of the first teams that come to mind. They have ranked lower than eighth in total offense just once in the past decade (11th in 2006) and have been the league’s top scoring team three times in the last seven seasons.
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