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New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs
N’Keal Harry scores a touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images




  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Chiefs. Stats, drives, lowlights.
  • PFF Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 4 ReFocused: Kansas City Chiefs 26, New England Patriots 10. “To say that New England badly missed QB Cam Newton would be an understatement.”
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Even Bill Belichick can’t manage the COVID chaos of this 2020 NFL season.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Chiefs, Packers wins on Monday.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots at Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes rallies after early struggles, Hoyer benched for Jarrett Stidham; Pats got brief spark from Stidham before Chiefs defense took over.
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) Patrick Mahomes had a bad game. He still hasn’t had a bad stat line. “Mahomes should’ve had three interceptions and zero touchdowns. If he had, his final stat line would have been 17-of-27 for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and three picks. That’s … quite bad!”
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Chiefs survive off night as miscues prove costly for Patriots.
  • Report (AP) Chiefs break away from rudderless Patriots for record fourth-consecutive 4-0 start. /You mean, QB-less?
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Blown call costs Patriots’ defense a turnover.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) Bill Belichick erupts at referees after controversial call.
  • Adam Teicher (ESPN) Patrick Mahomes was ‘controlled quite a bit,’ referee says, on controversial first-half play that aided Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Jeffri Chadiha ( Now it feels like there is a list of contenders for Chiefs’ AFC crown. “There wasn’t much to learn about the Kansas City Chiefs in their latest win. They beat a hobbled New England Patriots team playing without star quarterback Cam Newton.”
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Insight Into Bill O’Brien’s firing and quarter-season awards around the NFL. Plus, what’s wrong with the Cowboys’ defense; fallout from the league’s COVID-19 protocol conference call and more.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile: Inside Texans’ decision to fire Bill O’Brien and what comes next for Houston.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) The Texans got played by Bill O’Brien’s power play.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 4 grades. Patriots C, Chiefs B. Patriots had the deck stacked against them in this game, but they still almost played well enough to pull off the upset.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Debrief: Biggest trends, best performances through Week 4.
  • Cody Williams (NFLSpinZone) NFL Quarterly Awards 2020: MVP, Rookies of the Year after four weeks.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Forfeits possible for COVID-19 protocol violations.