The New England Patriots (6-3) will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) this Sunday at the Gillette Stadium. The Patriots recorded a comfortable 37-16 win against the New York Jets last week and are now planning to rebuild a winning streak. On the other hand, the Chiefs will arrive from a dismissive 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Patriots coach, Bill Belichick admitted that his men had the advantage heading into the match. Belichick said, “We're on Kansas City here. We have an extra day which is good for us. I'm sure we'll need it this week.” Belichick further stated that the Patriots will not underestimate the Chiefs, after all they hadn’t played them in a while. Belichick commented, “It's a team that we haven't played since '08, first game of '08 so really that whole season too. We haven't seen them in quite awhile. A lot of new faces, of course new coaches, quite a few new players from the last time we played them. We're really starting from scratch.”
The Chiefs are experiencing an extremely turbulent season. They have failed to settle down with defeats to mediocre teams, however the Chiefs have managed to defeat top notch teams too. Belichick said, “[Chiefs] Impressive team, I think some of the things that I've been impressed with are their overall toughness, I think they're a hard-nosed football team that's tough. They do a good job on the line of scrimmage, they have some receivers that are big physical guys that really like to take it to the defense.”
There are a couple of intelligent and skilled players on the Chiefs side and Belichick did not forget about them. Belichick stated, “They have good skill, their return game is very good with [Dexter] McCluster and [Javier] Arenas. They lead the league in kickoff coverage, so they're good in the kicking game. [Dustin] Colquitt – outstanding punter. He can really change field position on you as well as anybody we've played. Their defensive backs are ball hawks, they get their hands on a lot of balls, they get a lot of interceptions. They're quick, they're aggressive back there, they have good instincts, they're well coached.”
Belichick also had words of praise for Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. Belichick expressed that Haley was a good coach who knew how to deal with tough opposition. Belichick also said that Haley knew how to use his arsenal for offense. Belichick told media, “It's a well coached football team. They play good technique. They're sound. They don't give you a lot of easy opportunities – you have to earn them. If you're sloppy, they can definitely take advantage of them with their explosiveness in their offense and their return game and defensively with their ability to turn the ball over in the secondary and rush the passer, of course led by [Tamba] Hali, knocking the ball off the quarterback.”
Giving a small preview at the end, Belichick concluded with, “I think they're a good team. They were in a situation earlier in the year when they were 0-3 and people were writing them off, come back and win four straight. I know they had a couple disappointing games the last couple of weeks but I know that with some of the people on that staff – Romeo [Crennel] and Bill Muir, Todd [Haley] and Scott [Pioli] and all the people out there, I know what kind of competitors they are. I know this team will be ready to go Monday night. Let's hope we are too.”