The Kansas City Chiefs are on the big stage this week as they host the New England Patriots for Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium, which is going to be a loud, loud stadium. Chiefs fans are trying to set a Guinness World Record for loudest stadium roar. They originally set the record last year before the Seattle Seahawks set a new record of 137.6 decibels at CenturyLink Field. Arrowhead is going to be off the chain. Read more about the Chiefs Guinness World Record attempt here.
The Patriots are 3-point favorites in the game but these do not feel like THE Patriots. New England's offense has struggled and their offensive line has been a huge issue. The Chiefs pass rush has been on point this year so the way they attack the Patriots offensive line might be the key to the entire game.
It's odd to say a game in Week 4 is a "must win" but it is very important to the Chiefs, who are currently 1-2. The Chiefs can't fall to 1-3 with a road trip to the San Francisco 49ers if they're serious about making the playoffs. After blowing it in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, the Chiefs need to beat the Patriots and continue righting the ship.
The Chiefs had a solid game in a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos and then beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 so they have put together two consecutive good games. Can they make it three in a row? I picked against the Chiefs but the more I study the game, the more I start to like the Chiefs chances. The 3-point line on the game might be too small. This will be a tight one.
Parking lots will open at 3pm for MNF at Arrowhead next week.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 22, 2014
Game time: Monday, September 29, 7:30 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Parking lots open: 3 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: ESPN / KMBC (National TV)
Online streaming: WatchESPN | Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required) | NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA | Post-game streaming: NFL Rewind. Sunday games are available after the Sunday Night Football telecast.
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (sideline)
Injury report: Jamaal Charles is probable with his ankle injury and should play. De'Anthony Thomas is questionable with a hamstring injury and it's not clear if he will play. Eric Berry has been ruled out with an ankle injury. See the full injury report here. The Chiefs just lost Joe McKnight to an Achilles injury and obviously will not play.
Prediction: Patriots win, 24-23. (Now I wish I picked the Chiefs) See all our picks here.
Matchup history: All-time 16-13-3 (Chiefs); At Arrowhead 4-1 (Chiefs); On MNF 3-0 (Patriots)
Enemy blog: Pats Pulpit
Week 1: Tennessee Titans (L 26-10)
Week 2: at Denver Broncos (L 24-17)
Week 3: at Miami Dolphins (W 34-15)
Week 4: New England Patriots (Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., ESPN) - MNF
Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 5, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 6: ByeWeek 7: at San Diego Chargers (Oct. 19, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 8: St. Louis Rams (Oct. 27, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 9: New York Jets (Nov. 2, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 10: at Buffalo Bills (Nov. 9, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 16, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 12: at Oakland Raiders (Nov. 20, 7:25 p.m., NFLN) - TNF
Week 13: Denver Broncos (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., NBC) - SNF
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals (Dec. 7, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 15: Oakland Raiders (Dec. 14, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Dec. 21, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 28, 12 p.m., CBS)
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