By Fred Liggett
Numbers are important. Just ask any student waiting for their grade card or any hard-working person looking at a paycheck. Numbers are very important to sports fans and there have been a lot of numbers thrown around this week when referring to Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. For instance Chiefs’ Coach Andy Reid is 2-5 all-time against Patriots Coach Belichick. In those two wins under Coach Reid, the Chiefs won BIG. In the 2017 regular season opener the Chiefs used rookie Kareem Hunt to pound the Patriots 42-27 in Foxboro. Back home in Kansas City the Chiefs on a Monday night ripped the Pats 41-14 in 2014.
Much has been made this week about Patriots QB Tom Brady playing in more Super Bowls than Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes has played in NFL games which is 8 to 6. More important numbers about Sunday night’s match up is since Reid’s arrival in Kansas City in 2013 the Patriots and Chiefs have the NFL’s two best records. The Pats lead the way with 66 wins, the Chiefs are next with 58.
This Sunday night game is now the first of three for the KC Chiefs who find themselves hosting the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday night at Arrowhead. The NFL announced this week the game had been flexed out of its original noon start to accommodate network television. The last Sunday night game for the Chiefs is their road trip to Seattle on Dec. 23rd.
The Chiefs enter this AFC prime time matchup as the only undefeated team left in the conference at 5-0. The Patriots come in at 3-2 tied for first in their division. Having just knocked off this perennial power last year the Chiefs will not be intimidated to play at this venue or against this team. However the Chiefs will play the game without a starting offensive guard, pro bowl LB Justin Houston and a number of safeties are out. The Patriots last played on Oct. 4 giving them three extra days to prepare for a hot AFC team coming to town. In the end of this one the final numbers will show the Patriots with a bigger number than the Chiefs.
That’s What I REID Into it for this week.