By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — After a one-day delay, we’ll be getting our Patriots-Chiefs matchup on Monday evening. Nevertheless, it is not going to be the Cam Newton-Patrick Mahomes-led battle that we have been all hoping for.
With Newton testing optimistic for COVID-19 over the weekend, forcing the NFL to maneuver the a lot anticipated tilt from Sunday afternoon to Monday night, it will likely be Brian Hoyer getting the beginning for New England. That clearly takes the matchup down a notch or two, placing the Patriots in a particularly tough spot in opposition to the defending Tremendous Bowl champs.
Combine in Sony Michel being dominated out Monday morning with a quad harm, plus the truth that the Patriots flew out to Kansas Metropolis Monday morning, and New England has fairly the uphill battle later this night. So good luck with all of that.
However we could have Patriots soccer on CBS/WBZ-TV, a uncommon Monday evening broadcast on the community. And when the newer new-look Patriots kick off in opposition to the Chiefs, right here are some things that we’ll be looking ahead to.
The Brian Hoyer Present
The Cam Newton-led Patriots offense has been a particularly enjoyable unit to observe, one that may adapt to no matter type of assault they want relying on their opponent. Alas, that won’t be the offense that takes the sphere for the Patriots on Monday evening.
As an alternative, it will likely be a Brian Hoyer-led offense for New England, which clearly limits what the staff can do with the soccer. Hoyer, who will flip 35 subsequent week, began one recreation for the Indianapolis Colts final season, and it didn’t go very effectively, with the QB tossing three interceptions in a 16-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He accomplished simply 18 of his 39 passes for 204 yards with one landing move.
Total, Hoyer is 0-10 in his final 10 begins. His final win was again in 2016 as a member of the Chicago Bears.
Making Monday evening all of the harder is the truth that Hoyer hasn’t been in a position to observe the staff’s recreation plan in opposition to KC with the remainder of New England’s starters. That isn’t ultimate when hitting the highway to tackle a 3-Zero staff that additionally occurs to be the NFL’s defending champs. However Hoyer is getting the beginning over Jarrett Stidham after beating the second-year QB out as Newton’s backup in coaching camp, along with the truth that Hoyer is fairly aware of the New England offense. That is Hoyer’s third stint with the Patriots, and that familiarity is likely one of the few issues going within the offense’s favor listening to into Monday evening’s matchup.
And his teammates appear to have all the boldness on the planet that Hoyer will have the ability to deal with his duties on Monday evening.
I spoke to some New England Patriots gamers about Brian Hoyer getting the beginning tonight.
It’s fairly clear all of them really feel assured that Hoyer is aware of this playbook just like the again of his hand. One participant shared the massive stage of enjoying in opposition to the Chiefs received’t scare him in any respect.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 5, 2020
But when issues get out of hand, which is feasible given KC’s high-flying offense, we might even see Stidham get some run in some unspecified time in the future.
Run Run RUN
With Cam Newton, the Patriots have been one of many NFL’s finest operating groups. With out Cam Newton… effectively we’re about to seek out out.
Kansas Metropolis has been abysmal in opposition to the run this season, so it might be in New England’s finest curiosity to maintain it on the bottom as a lot as attainable Monday evening. That method takes a giant hit with Sony Michel being dominated out with a quad harm, however the Patriots ought to nonetheless have the ability to exploit a porous Chiefs run protection.
The Ravens rushed for 7.5 yards per carry in opposition to the Chiefs protection final Monday evening, amassing 158 dashing yards. Two weeks in the past, the Chargers ran wild for 183 yards of their additional time loss to KC, although their yards per carry was a way more modest 4.2. Even the Texans had a profitable day on the bottom on opening evening, dashing for five.Four yards per carry and a pair of touchdowns, led by 77 yards on 11 carries by David Johnson.
It’s unlucky that the Pats received’t have Michel, who was coming off his finest recreation of the season with 117 yards on simply 9 carries — averaging 13 yards per carry — in opposition to the Raiders. However his absence leaves the run assault to Rex Burkhead, James White, JJ Taylor and probably Damien Harris (who will seemingly be activated off IR on Monday) on Monday evening. Burkhead discovered the tip zone practically each means attainable final Sunday, whether or not it was by the use of crowd browsing or pretending to be a bowling ball, and the return of White ought to give Hoyer an honest safety blanket out of the again subject.
Working on offense retains the ball out of Mahomes’ palms, which is a giant a part of protecting tempo with the Chiefs. However it’ll solely work if the Patriots hold it shut, which isn’t any assure in opposition to Kanas Metropolis’s absurd offense.
Struggling Pats Secondary Vs. The Mahomes Air Present
Disclaimer: Should you learn Saturday’s What To Watch For — which was revealed earlier than Newton’s prognosis — these subsequent two sections could seem a bit unoriginal (however nonetheless wonderful).
It’s actually type of foolish what number of weapons the Chiefs have on offense. They’re led by Mahomes, one of the best quarterback within the recreation as we speak, whose rocket arm has no points discovering the likes of Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman or Sammy Watkins downfield. All three are burners who’re fluid and quick with the stride of a gazelle. For good measure, Mahomes has an All Professional tight finish in Travis Kelce who can barrel his means for first downs and into the tip zone. And we received’t point out Kansas Metropolis’s new operating again simply but, as a result of that gentleman has been so good he’s getting his personal part on this submit.
Andy Reid didn’t spend his offseason bathing in a bathtub of BBQ sauce like many anticipated. Effectively perhaps he did, however as he soaked he additionally got here up with loads of new performs for his already harmful offense. On Monday evening, Mahomes threw a landing to left sort out Eric Fisher in a purpose line scenario, which is simply unfair. But it surely was additionally welcomed right here in New England, as a result of everyone knows how a lot Ravens head coach John Harbaugh loves it when offensive linemen are eligible receivers.
That’s a great distance of claiming that the New England secondary goes to have its palms full on Monday evening, and for a unit that hasn’t been as pristine as they have been the previous few years, it’s going to be a problem. The seven passing touchdowns allowed by the New England D was the fifth-most heading into Week 4. Stephon Gilmore hasn’t seemed like the sport’s finest nook simply but, and he’s already been whistled for 3 DPIs on the season.
One factor the Patriots protection has completed effectively is limiting large performs, however that can seemingly change in opposition to the league’s most harmful offense.
KC’s Do-Every little thing Again
The reward for successful the Tremendous Bowl features a large parade, some fancy rings, and the ultimate decide within the first spherical. Groups don’t normally discover such a game-changing expertise at No. 32, or a minimum of one that may make an instantaneous influence, however the Chiefs struck gold with Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Kansas Metropolis added to its embarrassment of offensive riches in late April, taking the LSU operating again with the ultimate decide on Day 1. It helps that the rookie is surrounded with a great deal of expertise, however Edwards-Helaire has made probably the most out of his 66 touches (55 catches, 11 receptions) in his first three NFL video games, racking up 342 complete yards. That’s a minimum of 5 yards for the each time the rookie has gotten his mitts on the ball. He’s averaging over 9 yards for his 11 catches.
Edwards-Helaire was a terrific safety web for Mahomes final Monday evening in opposition to Baltimore’s move rush, with the QB hitting his new weapon with fast routes when the Ravens despatched a blitz. The rookie had 5 receptions for 70 yards within the KC win.
If a wholesome secure of gifted receivers wasn’t sufficient, now the Chiefs have a gifted operating again that may catch passes out of the backfield. Look out.
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