Which Chiefs Will Show Up

If the Chiefs do not win tonight, it will be all over for Kansas City this season, as they will have to start playing spoiler and building for next season. Kansas City must win three games in a row just to get back to the .500 barrier and that's been something that's been elusive all season for the Chiefs.

Tonight's game will be the first home Monday Night Football game since 2000 when Kansas City hosted Seattle. The Chiefs are looking to stop their two game slide and the Patriots are looking to keep pace with the 9-1 Pittsburgh Steelers who won again on Sunday defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 19-14 to hold onto the top spot in AFC.

Beating the Patriots won't be an easy task for Kansas City; the Patriots have won 23 of their last 24 games. Their lone loss was to the Steelers back in October, the win by Pittsburgh gave them in the edge in the home field advantage throughout the playoffs if the teams tie and nobody knows better the importance of home field advantage in the post season like New England.

If the Patriots and Chiefs history against each other keeps repeating itself, it looks like Kansas City will take the win. It has been 40 years since New England won in Kansas City. The Patriots however have won the last two out of three meetings, winning at Gillette Stadium in 2002 (41-38) and Foxboro in 2000 (30-24).

The Chiefs won the last time these two teams played in Kansas City (16-14) back in 1999 when Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri missed the potential game winner with nine seconds on the clock. That's not likely to happen again as he's become Mr. Automatic and the Patriots will not be intimidated by the Arrowhead crowd.

"I don't think so." Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil on Patriots taking away home field advantage, "They've done a good job on the road. When you are 22-3 in the last 25 games you haven't failed many places. There's very little to criticize, but I still think Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium is a big home field advantage. I think they can reduce it by being a better football team, but they're never going to eliminate it."

The amazing thing about the Patriots and their success this season won't scary any opponent but they are in the top 15 in every category. Their lowest ranking is passing offensive which is 14th at 224 yards per game.

The Patriots defense allows over 300 yards per game and 200 yards through the air. While the Chiefs offense has averaged over 420 yards a game, which is first in the NFL, the defense is 29th in the league allowing 26 points.

"It's different. The thing that the Patriots do and have done so well in the last few seasons is they change up every week." Quarterback Trent Green said, "They're different every week. If you look at the game plan they had against Pittsburgh, they had Rodney (Harrison) up in the box. They had eight guys back in the box because they knew Pittsburgh was a run-dominated team and Pittsburgh was able to hit them with a couple of play-action passes, big passes to Plaxico (Burress)."

The Chiefs will have a short week, when they play again at home on Sunday against the San Diego Changers. If the Chiefs do win the next two they could find themselves right back in the thick of the AFC West. However both the Broncos and Chargers won on Sunday so Kansas City has to defeat the Patriots to keep up hopes to slide into the playoffs.


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