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How the Patriots Can Finally Slow the Red-Hot Chiefs’ Passing Game in Week 6

Oct 09, 2018 3:48 PM EDT
  • Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs head to Foxborough with a red-hot offense and one of the NFL's last two undefeated records.
  • Here's how the New England Patriots can disrupt the Chiefs' passing game in this Sunday Night Football matchup, and where to find betting and DFS value.

I’ll be leveraging my experience as a fantasy analyst with a statistics background and a high school football coach to identify aspects of one matchup every week that you can take advantage of while setting your fantasy football lineups and/or placing bets on the upcoming slate.

For Week 6, we’re focusing on the upcoming Sunday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots — a classic battle of an unstoppable force and an immovable object between the Kansas City offense and the New England defense.

The Chiefs’ Dominant Deep Passing Game

One look at Patrick Mahomes’ passing chart from AirYards.com makes it easy to tell where the strength of the Chiefs’ passing game lies.

Kansas City owns an extraordinary deep passing game. The Chiefs are second only to the Sean McVay-led Rams in completed passes of 20 or more yards in 2018 with 25.

Kansas City was ranked just 12th in passes of 20 or more yards last season. The transition from Alex Smith to Mahomes at quarterback, and the free-agent addition of an excellent deep threat such as Sammy Watkins has clearly added even more big play-ability to this offense.

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USA Today Sports. Pictured: Stephon Gilmore, Patrick Mahomes

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48.5
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