Coming off a road loss against the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots return home this Sunday to play their fifth straight game against a team fighting for positioning in the playoff picture — one that is a familiar foe: the Kansas City Chiefs will come to town in a highly anticipated rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game.
With all that in mind, let’s find out how to actually follow the contest:
Game Information: Patriots (10-2) vs Chiefs (8-4)
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
SB Nation affiliate: Arrowhead Pride
The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.
Broadcast team: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (color commentary), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
The game will be carried locally by WBZ-TV Channel 4.
Station: ESPN Radio
Broadcast team: Marc Kestecher (play-by-play), Dusty Dvorcek (color commentary), Jeff Darlington (sideline)
Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary)
98.5 FM is available through the following stations:
- Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
- Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
- Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
- Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
- Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
- Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
- Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
- Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
- Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
- Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM
For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com.
Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up)
International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass.
Line: Patriots -3
For more betting information, please visit DraftKings Nation.
For the first 12 weeks of the season, Patriots fans were consistently among the most confident in all of football. Between opening day and their 13-9 win against the Dallas Cowboys, the fan confidence meter as measured by SB Nation’s FanPulse survey never dropped below 82%. Last week’s loss against the Houston Texans, however, had a big impact on the fan base’s optimism as the number dropped by 49 percentage points.
Before the 28-22 defeat in Houston, the Patriots ranked third in the league with an approval rating of 91%. This week, however, the team has plummeted all the way down to the 17th spot — clearly behind the other five teams currently in the AFC’s playoff picture. That picture, of course, now has the Baltimore Ravens on top which adds insult to the injury that was New England’s loss against the Texans.
Kansas City, meanwhile, ranks sixth in the league in fan confidence. After entering Week 13 with a 75% confidence score among its fans, the team’s blowout victory against the Oakland Raiders pushed the number up to 82% — its highest since Week 10 and quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ return from a knee injury that cost him the previous two games. Of course, the Chiefs lost that game and the fan confidence fell to a mere 45% afterwards. The Patriots certainly hope for a similar development this week.
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