Chiefs at Patriots - 1/16/16 NFL Divisional Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)
NFL Football: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -5 -- Over/Under: 42.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots meet Saturday afternoon in the divisional playoff round at Gillette Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs look to reach their first conference championship since the 1993 season. Alex Smith is completing 77.3 percent of his passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Smith five touchdown passes in his last three games. Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin have combined for 157 receiving yards while Chris Conley has one receiving touchdown. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 141 yards per contest, and Spencer Ware leads the way with 67 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing zero points and 226 yards per game. Sean Smith leads the Chiefs with six tackles, Allen Bailey has two sacks and Husain Abdullah has two pass deflections. Jeremy Maclin and Mitch Morse are questionable.
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The New England Patriots look to reach the conference championship for a fifth straight season. Tom Brady is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 4,770 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Brady has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman have combined for 1,868 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Brandon LaFell has 37 receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 87.8 yards per contest, and Brandon Bolden leads the way with 207 yards on 63 carries. Defensively, New England is allowing 19.7 points and 339.4 yards per game. Jamie Collins leads the Patriots with 89 tackles, Chandler Jones has 12.5 sacks and Malcolm Butler has 15 pass deflections. Nate Ebner is questionable with an arm injury.
The Chiefs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Patriots are 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Chiefs have been full of surprises over the last two months, but now comes the real test. Teams very rarely go into Gillette Stadium and win, especially in the playoffs. The Pats are well rested with a week off and should be getting a lot of their players back on the field. Kansas City also has a banged up Maclin, which has to count for something. New England should be able to win this game by a touchdown.