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It feels like we’ve been waiting for kickoff for a month. So let’s just cut to the chase. Are the Patriots going to the Super Bowl or not? – Tom H.
Well, I’m going to totally cop out here since I made my pick in my Unconventional Preview and want you to read that.
I will say this: No outcome would totally surprise me. The most surprising by far would be a Chiefs blowout … but we have rather memorably seen the Patriots get smoked there four seasons ago during Week 4 of the regular season, so it is at least possible.
A Patriots victory by rout is probably the next least-likely scenario. The Chiefs averaged 35.3 points per game this year. They’re going to score. It seems imperative for the Patriots to score early and build a lead, because the Chiefs’ defense is much better playing from ahead, when it can really get after the quarterback.
Given how Brady, Sony Michel, James White, Julian Edelman and the offensive line — Rob Gronkowski included — played against the Chargers, it’s more than plausible that the Patriots get an early lead.
They might even be peaking.
But what does everyone else think, and why? Will the Patriots reach the Super Bowl? Give me a predicted score. I’ll hear you in the comments.