Patriots face biggest test in undefeated Chiefs

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Sunday night’s game at Gillette Stadium is arguably the biggest game of the season so far.

Players and coaches on both sides might not want to admit it, but they’re thinking it.

The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs enter Foxboro looking to win their second straight game in New England in as many years, and in the process take full control of the top spot in the AFC.

On the other hand, the Patriots will look to ride the momentum of their current two-game winning streak to pull to within one game of the league’s best team. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m.

Below are some notes and quotes from this past week to get you ready for the game:

Notes:

If the Patriots win and the Colts lose, Tom Brady will pass Adam Vinatieri for most career wins in NFL history with 227. 

The last eight quarterbacks with 10 or fewer career starts prior to starting against the Patriots went 0-8. Sunday’s game will mark just the seventh career start for the Chiefs’ MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes. 

The Patriots are 30th in the NFL in sacks. The Chiefs are tied for the league lead with fewest sacks allowed.

Quotes:

Devin McCourty on the development of the Chiefs since last year’s season opener: “Adding Sammy Watkins is really good. Obviously, he was in Buffalo, so we played him twice a year. We know how talented he is. I just think you just see that year-in and year-out when you have the same kind of guys sticking together and the core of your group and then you add a guy or two, you just see how much you can continue to get better and play well. I think once you see them, you know the way they started the season – it’s clicking, it’s going well. I think they just kind of rolled that momentum but never settled and got complacent. They just continue to get better each week. So, I’m sure they’ll come in here firing on all cylinders and we’ll have to play our best game to have a chance to win.”

Rob Gronkowski on if the stakes seem higher with this game: “I mean, we’re playing the Kansas City Chiefs and that’s all our focus. We’re not really focusing on the stakes out there, what it’s going to mean if we win or lose this game down in the future. I mean, you can’t really control that. What you can control is that we’re playing the Kansas City Chiefs this week and it’s a big Sunday Night Football game, it’s the biggest game of the year for us, so we’ve got to be ready and we’ve got to be ready for our opponent.”

Bill Belichick’s thoughts heading into Sunday’s game: “I think it’s fortunate that we’ve had a couple of extra days here to work on Kansas City. They’re obviously a really good football team, do a lot of things well. We need a lot of extra time to prepare for this team. They give you a lot of problems with their scheme, their players. They’re very well-coached, as they always are with Andy [Reid]. Just a very explosive group. It’s easy to see why they’re undefeated. This will be a big challenge for us this week. We’ll have to do a lot of things well and do them consistently, do them for 60 minutes. That’s what it’ll take.”

New England Nation will have pre-game analysis, interviews and more Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on WPRI 12.

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