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NFL odds Week 14: Opening spread for Patriots vs. Chiefs game revealed

NFL odds Week 14: Opening spread for Patriots vs. Chiefs game revealed

One of the most anticipated games of the 2019 NFL regular season comes next Sunday.

The New England Patriots will host superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium for a Week 14 matchup that has huge implications on the AFC playoff picture.

The Patriots lost the AFC's No. 1 seed as a result of their Week 13 defeat to the Houston Texans. New England still can earn the top seed, but it needs the Baltimore Ravens to lose another game. The Ravens own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Patriots after beating New England in Week 9. The Chiefs enter Week 14 as the No. 4 seed in the conference as AFC West leaders.

This is the first meeting between the Patriots and Chiefs since last season's AFC Championship Game. New England earned a 37-31 overtime victory on the road at Arrowhead Stadium in an instant classic. The Patriots won Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams two weeks later for their sixth championship in franchise history. The other matchup featuring these teams in 2018 was played at Gillette Stadium, where the Pats won 43-40 in Week 6.

Oddsmakers like the Patriots to improve their record versus Mahomes to 3-0. New England has opened as 3-point favorites over Kansas City, according to the early Week 14 betting odds at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

Both of these teams are 7-5 against the spread (ATS) this season, and the Chiefs own an impressive 4-2 ATS record on the road. The Patriots have won seven of the last 10 head-to-head matchups, but the Chiefs covered in six of those games.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.