Tonight the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots in both teams’ fourth regular season game of 2014. The Patriots are 2-1 after their narrow win over the Raiders last week, and the Chiefs are 1-2 after dismantling the hapless Dolphins in Miami. Both teams carry some momentum coming into Arrowhead tonight, so I wanted to take a look at how each team has historically fared on Monday Night Football (MNF).
Interestingly, New England’s MNF record is 23-23, and they lost to Carolina last year on MNF in November. Since 2005, they have gone 11-3 on MNF. Tom Brady has a career MNF record of 13-5, and head coach Bill Belichik has a 15-6 record on MNF for the Patriots (16-9 all time).
The Chiefs all time record on MNF is 21-17, with their last game on MNF being a loss to Pittsburgh in 2012. Since 2005, the Chiefs have gone 2-3 on MNF, with both wins coming against the Chargers. As a starting quarterback, Alex Smith is 4-2 on MNF. The Chiefs did not play on MNF last season so this will be Andy Reid’s first MNF game with KC.
In head-to-head matchups, the Patriots own a 3-0 record against the Chiefs on MNF, with two wins at home and one win in KC. In addition, Andy Reid is currently 0-4 against Bill Belichik, and will likely need some Arrowhead magic to end that losing streak tonight.
Other notes about the game:
- The Chiefs will again try to set the record for loudest crowd at an outdoor stadium, and will be handing out ear plugs at stadium gates. After setting the record last year, Seattle then set a new record, which was measured at 137.6 decibels, so that is what KC needs to beat. Representatives from Guinness World Records will be on hand to measure the sound level.
- Jamaal Charles is listed as probable and Eric Berry has been ruled out for the game.
- The Patriots are currently the best in the NFL with a +6 turnover differential, while the Chiefs rank last in the NFL with a -5 differential. Turnovers could play a role in the game tonight, especially if the crowd noise affects the play.
- Finally, Tom Brady is 219 yards short of 50,000 career pass yards. The Chiefs are allowing an average of only 223 pass yards per game. Here is hoping he doesn’t get those tonight!