The New England Patriots enjoyed a mini bye over the weekend after their Thursday night victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Today, the team will return to the Gillette Stadium facilities to start preparation for the upcoming opponent – arguably the toughest one on the schedule: the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs, who have just defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars and their top-ranked defense 30-14.
But despite their recent run of success, the 3-2 Patriots are the early favorites over Andy Reid’s team: New England opens the week favored to win by three points (via OddsShark). Of course, the one field goal differential is essentially created by the Patriots having home field advantage. On a neutral field, the game would likely be a toss-up at this point during the week.
New England being favored despite the Chiefs being undefeated is no surprise. Not only has the team shown vast improvements over its last two games, it also is 69-11 at home since 2010. Of those 11 losses, only two have come in the month of October – and when the stakes are highest, the Patriots have shown an ability to rise to the challenge unlike any other team in the NFL over the past few years.