The Chiefs' winning streak is now at 11 games after they shut out the Texans 30-0 in the opening round of the playoffs. Their defense could be the best remaining in the AFC with the return of the talented pass-rushing duo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, and then the complement of having cornerbacks Sean Smith and Marcus Peters.
The Patriots had the No. 1 seed nearly all season, but lost their final two games in large part due to their top wide receivers and running backs being out, as well as their offensive line having significant issues. Tom Brady has survived with a cast of misfits before, but he is starting to take some shots that he can't overcome. He'll be getting Julian Edelman back, though, which could be the key for Brady getting back into his comfort zone and everything else re-aligning on offense. Will Brady lead the Patriots to another championship run, or will the Chiefs dominate with their front seven and extend their winning streak to twelve games? I'll take the more veteran club in New England, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Kansas City continue to roll either. Patriots 24, Chiefs 20
Game: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
Date/Time: Saturday, January 16, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Television: CBS - Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts
NFL Odds: Patriots by 5.5, Over/Under = 44