In previous seasons, Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots would have been among the biggest games on the Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule: a battle for the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. It could still be exactly that — but this isn’t the same Patriots team we’re used to seeing, either. The passing of the torch from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes may be a distant memory, but Cam Newton’s Patriots still represent a good challenge.
So which Chiefs are well positioned to rise to the occasion — and which are not?