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ESPN's FPI gives Patriots better chance to earn AFC's No. 1 seed than you might think

ESPN's FPI gives Patriots better chance to earn AFC's No. 1 seed than you might think

The race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs should be fascinating over the next few weeks even though only two teams, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, are in serious contention for the prize.

The Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 on Sunday to improve to an AFC-leading 9-1. The Ravens also earned a Week 11 victory, defeating the Houston Texans with ease in a 41-7 blowout. Baltimore is 8-2, but it holds the tiebreaker with New England as a result of its head-to-head win over the defending Super Bowl champs in Week 9.

So, what are the chances the Patriots stave off the Ravens and win the No. 1 seed?

ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) model actually gives the Patriots have a 72.9 percent chance of getting the top seed. This might surprise you based on the Patriots' upcoming schedule, which is listed below:

Week 12: vs. Dallas Cowboys (NFC East leaders)
Week 13: at Houston Texans (tied for AFC South lead)
Week 14: vs. Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West leaders)

FPI also gives the Patriots a 95.2 percent chance of earning at least the No. 2 seed, and a 28.8 percent chance of winning Super Bowl LIV -- 10 percent higher than the Ravens in second place.

The Patriots didn't earn the No. 1 seed last season and it ultimately didn't cost them as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime of the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Securing the No. 1 seed obviously would be a huge help to the Patriots because the last visiting team to win a playoff game at Gillette Stadium was the 2012 Ravens. However, the primary goals for the Patriots should be just getting a first-round bye, and more importantly, making the necessary adjustments offensively that will allow Tom Brady and Co. to enter the playoffs with plenty of momentum and confidence.

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Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

The New England Patriots don't like being counted out. And Julian Edelman is letting everyone know it ahead of their Sunday afternoon matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edelman took to Twitter on Sunday to release a hype video ahead of the Chiefs game. This week, the clip was mostly an amalgamation of various clips of analysts that are counting the Patriots out after their loss to the Texans.

Here's a look at the video.

Included among the thoughts about the Patriots:

"Tom Brady is no longer elite." 

"The offense just has no weapons whatsoever."

"It's the end of the dynasty."

Safe to say, Edelman didn't take kindly to these. And he will use them as bulletin board material along with the rest of the Patriots.

And we all know what the Patriots do with bulletin board material.

The Patriots and Chiefs will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Coverage for the game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Patriots Pregame Live.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Sunday's Week 14 showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium has been circled on NFL fans' calendars for many months.

When the schedule came out, this game was among the most anticipated of the 2019 season, and it's easy to understand why. These teams met twice last year, and each game ranked among the very best of the 2018 campaign. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 at home in Week 6, then beat KC again at Arrowhead Stadium with a thrilling 37-31 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game.

This matchup will have huge implications for the AFC playoff race, too. A Patriots win helps them keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the conference.The Patriots and Ravens have identical 10-2 records, but Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Chiefs lead the AFC West, and a win would go a long way in helping them contend for a top two seed. A loss would likely end Kansas City's hope of earning a first-round playoff bye.

Will the Patriots improve to 3-0 against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, or will the reigning MVP earn a huge victory and move Kansas City closer to a top-two seed?

Here‚Äôs how and when to watch Patriots vs. Chiefs online. Be sure to also watch ‚ÄúPregame Live‚ÄĚ at 2:30 p.m. ET and ‚ÄúPostgame Live‚ÄĚ at 7:30 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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