New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs (+3,
Tom Brady is taking plenty of punishment through the first
three games of the 2014 season, but the New England Patriots
have managed to put together back-to-back wins. The Patriots
hope to have some of their problems along the offensive line
sorted out when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.
The Chiefs picked up their first win last week and are hoping
to have running back Jamaal Charles at full strength by Monday.
New England lost longtime offensive line coach Dante
Scarnecchia to retirement in the offseason and traded away Pro
Bowl guard Logan Mankins late in training camp, and those voids
are proving difficult to fill. That struggling line needs to
figure out a way to stop Kansas City linebackers Tamba Hali and
Justin Houston, who have combined for five sacks in the first
three weeks. The Chiefs are fourth in the NFL with nine sacks
and got to Ryan Tannehill four times in last week’s 34-15
victory over the Miami Dolphins.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Chiefs +4 home dogs,
but that is now +3. The total opened 44.5 and is up to
INJURY REPORT: Patriots – S Don Jones
(Questionable, hamstring), CB Alfonzo Dennard (Questionable,
shoulder), WR Aaron Dobson (Questionable, foot). Chiefs
– RB Jamaal Charles (Questionable, ankle), S Eric
Berry (Doubtful, heel).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Patriots (-3) + Chiefs (+0.25)
+ home field (-3.0) = Patriots -0.25
WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the
mid-70s with mostly clear skies. Wind will blow toward the NW
endzone at 5 mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “New England survived a scare from
Oakland to move into a first place tie with Buffalo. Patriots
have covered five of their last six on Monday night. Kansas
City off its first win of the season but consecutive games
against Patriots and 49ers will be a challenge. Chiefs 0-6 ATS
L6 home games.” Covers
Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS, 1-2 O/U):
New England’s defense carried it to back-to-back wins the last
two weeks, holding Minnesota and Oakland to a total of 16
points. Brady, who has yet to pass for 250 or more yards
through the first three games while being sacked seven times,
did not point the finger directly at the line but suggested the
offense as a whole is struggling. “There are a lot of things we
have to ramp up,” Brady told reporters. “It’s not just one
thing on our offense, and we’re trying to identify the things
we need to do better. … It’s not really one area, it’s all
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS, O/U 1-2):
Charles (high ankle sprain) was inactive last week after
totaling nine carries in the first two games but practiced on a
limited basis Thursday. Kansas City reached deep into its
reservoir of skill players at Miami and came up with some
capable replacements in running back Knile Davis, who ran for
132 yards and a score, and Joe McKnight, who caught a pair of
TD passes from Alex Smith. “You’re bringing new guys to work in
there and they’re just learning the system but they are playing
their hearts out trying to make sure they get everything down,”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Again, I’m proud of the guys for
the way they are filling in and doing their job.”
* Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Patriots are 6-2 ATS in their last eight meetings.
* Patriots are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games in Week 4.
* Under is 5-0 in Chiefs last five Monday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 51 percent of bettors are behind the Patriots.