Thanks to playing on Thursday night, the Patriots have extra time this week to prepare for Sunday night’s hosting of the red-hot Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
Likewise, the extra days give the media extra time to break down what Kansas City brings to the field in this key early-season AFC battle.
One of the main topics of all the previews is what second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes brings to his job and how he’s become one of the biggest storylines in the league early in 2018.
The Boston Globe explains that Mahomes’ pocket awareness is one of the things that differentiates him from other quarterbacks. Mahomes is far from the only concern, though, as the Globe says the Chiefs can throw a lot at the Patriots on offense. The Globe notes that the Patriots are running extra hills to prepare for the challenge of chasing the Chiefs all over the field on Sunday night. The Globe says there is plenty on the line when the Chiefs and Patriots meet.
The Boston Herald writes that the Patriots offense has the weapons to keep pace with the Chiefs. The Herald notes that New England’s cornerbacks face a challenge with the speed of Kansas City’s offensive weapons.
The Providence Journal writes that the Patriots defense will see if it can measure up against the Mahomes-led Chiefs.
ESPNBoston.com writes that Kenjon Barner’s on-and-off role in New England has been helped out by his relationship with Patrick Chung.
WEEI.com notes that the Patriots brought running back Kenneth Farrow to the team’s practice squad.
NBC Sports Boston observes that all Patriots were present and accounted for at practice on Tuesday, including defensive tackle Malcom Brown, who left last Thursday night’s win over the Colts with a knee injury.
The Patriots moved back into the top 5 in NFL.com’s weekly power rankings.
NESN.com passes on wide receiver Josh Gordon sharing an interesting message on social media.
Yahoo Sports has Bill Belichick going on a mini-rant that there is really no new roughing the passer rule so there hasn’t been a change in the way the Patriots coach their pass rushers.