Green: Patriots “had a really good game plan” against Chiefs

The Patriots didn’t get a win in Kansas City, but they may have shown how to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs

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October 07, 2020 - 11:28 am
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The New England Patriots lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 on Monday, and much of the postgame chatter focused on their lackluster quarterback play. Lost in the shuffle, perhaps, was how effective New England’s defense was in slowing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense. 

Indeed, with less than one minute to go in the third quarter, the Chiefs had just six points on a pair of field goals. 

Was this lack of production more about the Patriots defense or the Chiefs offense?

“I think it had to do with what the Patriots were able to do,” NFL on CBS analyst Trent Green said on The DA Show. “They were presenting five, six guys at the line of scrimmage. They ultimately rushed three most of the night and dropped eight into coverage. For the most part they held Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce [in check]. I know they ended up with some big catches and put together some numbers, but for the most part [the Patriots did well.]”

Kelce finished with three catches for 70 yards, while Hill finished with four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Mahomes was 19-of-29 for 236 yards and two touchdowns – pedestrian numbers by his standards, though he did add eight carries for 28 yards on the ground.

“I think when Mahomes started making the commitment [to run] if it presented itself, they didn’t necessarily spy him with the eight guys they dropped into coverage,” Green said. “But when he started taking off and running a couple of times, then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Okay, now we can’t double Travis. We can’t double Tyreek. We can’t double, at certain points in time, Mecole Hardman or Sammy Watkins.’”

The Patriots, by the way, dropped multiple interceptions, and Brian Hoyer likely cost New England at least six points with a pair of red zone miscues.

“I thought they had a really good game plan,” Green said. “And if you think about the two dropped interceptions, you think about the end of the half with the gaffe by Hoyer not getting the tie – or at least kicking a field goal to attempt to get to tie at halftime – and then of course the other series in the third quarter where he [made] a similar mistake . . . at some point in time you cant keep giving the Chiefs those opportunities, and that’s what they did. Dropped interceptions, missed opportunities, and eventually with the number of weapons and the type of talent that Patrick Mahomes is and has around him, eventually they’re going to get to it if they don’t take advantage of those earlier opportunities.”