Patriots or Chiefs? NFL Bloggers debate who will coverMonday night

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This week, Monday Night Football heads to Kansas City as
the Chiefs host the New England Patriots. It will be the first
meeting between the two teams since November of 2011, when the
Pats prevailed 34-3, covering as 17-point home
favorites.

The Pats opened as 4-point road faves this time around, but
oddsmakers adjusted the line to +3.5 and then to +3, where it
currently stands.

In order to get a grasp on this primetime matchup, we’ve
enlisted the help of those who know these teams the best.
Expert NFL bloggers Richard Hill of New England blog
“Pats
Pulpit” and Joel Thorman of Kansas City blog “Arrowhead
Pride” strap on the pads and debate which team will not
only win, but cover the spread Monday night.

WHY NEW ENGLAND WILL COVER

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Richard Hill is an editor at Pats Pulpit. You can follow them
on Facebook
and Twitter @patspulpit.

Hungry on offense

The offense hasn’t functioned well over the past three weeks.
Even if the Patriots get a lead, they won’t be easing up at any
point. Expect a ruthless assault by the Patriots offense that
can put points on the board.

Elite defense

Even if the Patriots can’t post their “usual” 30 points per
game, the defense will do their part holding down the backend
of the spread. Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower are going to
become household names on Monday night and Darrelle Revis will
retake the crown as top cornerback in the league against Dwayne
Bowe.

Little to fear

While the fans might be incredible and they might take back the
record for loudest fans, it still comes down to the play on the
field. Outside of the Chiefs defensive line, there’s little to
fear. Their tight end, Kelce, might be great. Their running
back, Charles, might be healthy. There are question marks
everywhere, and hopefully Bill Belichick has the answer key.

WHY KANSAS CITY WILL COVER

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Joel Thorman is the editor of Arrowhead Pride. You can
follow them on Facebook
and Twitter @ArrowheadPride

Chiefs front seven can get to Tom Brady

The Chiefs employ pass rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali
coming around the edge. First round pick Dee Ford will get in
on a dozen or so snaps. Dontari Poe is in the middle. The
Chiefs have the personnel to disrupt a Patriots offensive line
that has had its issues protecting Tom Brady.

Chiefs have the Arrowhead
advantage

Granted, the Chiefs have not been the hottest team at their own
home field lately. But with a raucous home crowd behind them on
national TV, you can believe the Chiefs will come to play.
Based on the 20 games we’ve seen from Andy Reid in Kansas City,
the Chiefs are unlikely to get blown out. This will be a close
game.

The Chiefs have to get a turnover…eventually

With the Chiefs ability to pressure Brady, you have to think a
turnover is coming, whether that’s an interception or a forced
fumble. They have yet to create a turnover yet this season
which is so out of whack from what we saw last year. There’s no
way the Chiefs are going a quarter of their season without a
turnover … right?

Join the debate. Who covers on Monday night: Patriots or
Chiefs?

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