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Two of the league’s most prolific quarterbacks meet in Arlington Sunday night for what promises to be a pass-happy affair. The 1-2 New Orleans Saints (1-2) can’t afford to let another winnable game slide while the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) are off to a 2-1 start and look to keep pace with the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles.
The Saints entered 2014 as a trendy Super Bowl pick, but faltered through their first two games due to their lackluster defense. While they performed well last week in a win over the Vikings, New Orleans has yet to win outside the Super Dome.
Without Gronkowski at full-speed, the Patriots have to rely on Julian Edelman to move the chains. Edelman has been the only reliable receiver for Brady this season, catching 22 passes for 260 yards. The defense has kept New England afloat and the Patriots have the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL.
A major matchup in this game will be Tamba Hali and Justin Houston against the Patriots offensive line. New England has been a mess up front since dealing Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers this preseason. Kansas City has nine sacks on the season, led by Hali, Houston and nose tackle Dontari Poe. Rookie Dee Ford is also being rotated in and showed promise last week against Miami.
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Despite the apparent home-field advantage, the Chiefs have struggled at home since the second half of last season, losing their last four games at Arrowhead. The Patriots haven’t had much success on the road recently, either, going 3-5 in their last eight games away from Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots are favored by 3 points over the host Chiefs with the over/under at 44.5, according to OddsShark. The Patriots are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as road favorites, but don’t put all your money on the Chiefs, who are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games at home.