If Jeremy Maclin sits, the Patriots will likely double up on tight end Travis Kelce
The Kansas City Chiefs are on an eleven game winning streak and are playing with swagger. The team finished the season 11-5 and shut out the Houston Texans last weekend in the wildcard game 30-0. The Chiefs have enjoyed a great season, but the real test comes when Kansas City travels to New England.
The Chiefs defense is rock solid and could cause some real headaches for Brady and Company. On the other side of the ball, Andy Reid will have to draw up more unique schemes using wide receiver motions, reverse actions, and direct snaps to attack a solid Patriots defense.
Kansas City is also likely to be without the team’s top wideout as Jeremy Maclin is listed as questionable for the game. If Maclin sits, this will allow the Pats to double up on tight end Travis Kelce.
Much has changed since these teams last played each other back in 2014 when the Chiefs beat the Patriots out in Kansas City. Bill Belichick remembers how horrible his Patriots played and is looking for better results this time around .
After starting the season 9-0, the Patriots finished the season 12-4 and lost their last two games to end the season against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. They managed to clinch a first round bye which was much needed as they were battling injuries with the absence of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Donte Hightower.
Many of these players are slated to return this week which should help the Patriots get things back on track as they attempt to make another Superbowl run.
Since the start of December, the Seahawks defense has opposing offenses in a choke hold
The road to Super Bowl 50 begins this weekend and it may seem like there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all. The quarterback for the Broncos finally returned, Cam Newton and the Panthers have played on another level for most of the season and the Kansas City Chiefs are winners of 10 straight games. However, there is no hotter team in the NFL right now than the Seattle Seahawks.
Getting to the Super Bowl is certainly not unfamiliar territory for the Seahawks and if it wasn’t for a questionable goal line call, they may be back to back defending champs. Three road games stand in the way for the Seahawks with the first stop in Minnesota. One month ago, the Vikings suffered a brutal loss at home to the Seahawks 38 – 7 and nothing much has changed since then. The Seattle defense has been stifling averaging just 11 points per game over the course of the last five weeks.
Also continuing to WOW fans for the fourth consecutive year is Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. Wilson just became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards, run for 500 yards, and toss over 30 touchdowns passes. Wilson actually threw 25 of his 36 touchdown passes in the last eight games and finished 2015 with his best QBR of his young career at 74.9. Let’s not forget, Wilson did this without his new luxury toy, Jimmy Graham. Russell may not keep up his recent hot streak but he will get some extra help in the backfield for the postseason.
That’s right, Beastmode is back! Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed earlier in the week that Marshawn Lynch is back and is expected to play this weekend. Lynch, sidelined since week 11, is now in the latter stages of his recovery from sports hernia surgery. After receiving just 111 carries to start the season, Lynch should be fresh for the playoffs and ready to break off more Beastmode runs. Get your skittles ready.
While some teams are suffering from injuries (Panthers & Patriots), the Seahawks are getting healthy. While other contenders may have hit a wall (Cardinals & Packers), things are just starting to heat up for Seattle. Playing their best ball all season, the Seahawks are now three road games away from their third consecutive Super Bowl.