Takeaways from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday morning news conference:

A tough backfield to face. Kansas City has one of the NFL’s elite running backs in Jamaal Charles and another powerful back in Knile Davis. Belichick knows these two players present issues for the defense.

“I think they are different skill sets but they do different things with them — kind of the same plays look different depending on who is carrying the ball,” Belichick said. “Davis is strong. They are both very fast. Davis is strong — 230 pounds. He breaks tackles, good lower-body strength, hard guy to bring down. You see that on some of those kickoff returns from last year where he runs through tackles. Charles has good playing strength too, but he’s more elusive — great quickness, acceleration. …They both have great home-run speed.”

Smith throwing short. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith isn’t exactly known as a downfield passer, as seen by his 6.30 average yards per passing attempt this season. But Belichick is not locking in on Smith’s short passing, as there is always a threat that an explosive player can break a big play in an Andy Reid-coached offense.

“There was that play last year to [Donnie] Avery — a 75-yard post. I think that is part of what Andy [Reid] does, takes what the defense gives you,” Belichick said. “If you want to lay back, they will take the short passes. Those receivers, tight ends and backs are all capable of catch-and-run plays where they turn a five-yard pass into a 25-yard gain.”

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