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Patriots Week 11 injury report: Julian Edelman not listed for first time since Week 3

Patriots Week 11 injury report: Julian Edelman not listed for first time since Week 3

FOXBORO -- The bye week did the Patriots some good, it seems.

On the health front, the Patriots are looking better than they've looked in some time. When injury reports for New England and Philadelphia were released Wednesday ahead of their Week 11 game, the list for Bill Belichick's club was relatively short.

Absent from the injury report were Julian Edelman (who's dealt with a chest injury for most of the season), Tom Brady (who was on the injury report with a shoulder issue back in Week 9), Shaq Mason (who has dealt with an ankle injury), Rex Burkhead (limited by a foot injury two weeks ago) and Gunner Olszewski (who's had ankle and hamstring injuries of late).

The Patriots had only four players on the injury report Wednesday: Patrick Chung (heel/chest), Danny Shelton (ankle) and Matt LaCosse (knee) were all limited in practice; Nate Ebner (ankle/back) did not participate.

The fact that Edelman is healthy enough to be a full participant is key, of course. Outside of Brady, he may be the most vital cog in the offensive machine here. And because his job asks him to operate in the middle of the field, he's prone not only to getting injured, but to aggravating injuries that don't have a chance to heal. The last time Edelman was off the injury report was Week 3.

The Week 10 bye gave him and others a chance to recover, and they'll face this weekend's challenge a little bit healthier than they were a few weeks ago.

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NFL highlights: Watch Patriots, Tom Brady fool Chiefs on flea-flicker TD

NFL highlights: Watch Patriots, Tom Brady fool Chiefs on flea-flicker TD

The New England Patriots took an early lead over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday with a pretty unconventional scoring drive, but given the struggles of quarterback Tom Brady and his offense in recent weeks, they'll certainly take it.

The Patriots couldn't get anything going on their first drive, but they picked up two first downs on third-down pass interference penalties. After the second penalty, the Patriots went into their bag of tricks with a flea flicker play.

Brady received a lateral from running back James White and found wide receiver Julian Edelman deep down the field for a 37-yard touchdown.

Take a look at the scoring play in the video below:

The Patriots came into Sunday's Week 14 matchup having scored an average of just 18 points over their last four games. Going right down the field and scoring a touchdown on the opening possession -- even with the aid of two penalties -- is exactly what the defending champions needed against a Chiefs team that scores the third-most points per game.

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These stats should inspire confidence in the Patriots before their game vs. Chiefs

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These stats should inspire confidence in the Patriots before their game vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots don't lose at home very often. Don't believe me? Just take a look at couple of remarkable stats.

According to CLNS Media's Evan Lazar, the Patriots are undefeated at home with both Julian Edelman and Tom Brady in the lineup.

Additionally, the Patriots hold a remarkable record against sub-25-year-old quarterbacks at home for the better part of the past two decades.

Here's a look at the exact numbers, per Lazar.

Safe to say, these stats would seemingly indicate that the Patriots should be favored to beat the Chiefs. And they point to the massive homefield advantage that the Patriots hold playing at Foxboro.

While all trends are meant to be broken, the Chiefs are going to be fighting an uphill battle on Sunday, especially after they left some of their equipment on a flight to Newark and had to scramble to get it to Foxboro ahead of the game.

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