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Monday Night Football Preview: Double Header

The Falcons face the Packers and a surprise COVID game featuring the Patriots traveling to the Chiefs without Cam Newton.

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Monday Night Football Preview: Double Header

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Thanks to Covid (I guess?) we have 2 games this Monday night. As you may have heard Cam Newton tested positive for Covid this week and the NFL balked for a moment, having trouble figuring out what to actually do with this situation.

The solution was to move the Patriots at Kansas City game from Sunday at 4:25 to Monday at 7:05. Earlier this week, the NFL postponed the Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers game due to too many Tennessee staff and players testing positive. It seemed inexorable to allow the Patriots and Chiefs to play a game this week. Regardless, here we are, less than 12 hours away, and the game is still on. We’ll see.

As for the original game, it offers it’s own headlines as Atlanta Falcons head north to battle the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons are searching for their first win and the Packers are playing at a superior level.

New England Patriots(2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs(3-0) 7:05pm

As I mentioned earlier this game was set out be played on Sunday. Covid is going to pop up all season. Hopefully we will still have a full season of games, and only a couple reschedules is all we will have to deal with. we can only hope.

New England Patriots heads to Arrowhead Stadium with a 2-1 record thanks to the dynamic play of play from Cam Newton. Only one problem: Cam Newton will not be at this game so Brian Hoyer will be leading the team into this matchup with the Chiefs. Nothing against Hoyer but I think we can all agree that he is no Cam Newton. Hoyer is a journeyman QB who has been with the Patriots on and off throughout his career as a backup. It’s a delicate situation, if Hoyer does not come through, we might see Jarrett Stidham come in. Stidham is young and many Pats fans were calling for him to be the starter before Cam Newton signed.

The key for the Patriots will be the run game and the runningbacks receiving the ball. Last week, we saw the Patriots utilize the running backs in many forms; from Rex Burkhead with 3 TDs last week to Sony Michel running with purpose with 13 yards per rush. The defense also must limit the horsepower of the Chiefs. If the Chiefs get going they can’t be slowed down.

Kansas City is coming in hot after completely dominating the Baltimore Ravens last Monday night. When I say dominating, I mean they held the prolific Lamar Jackson to his worst statistical game as a professional player and maybe in his life. It was an impressive showing of class, to say the least.

To keep this game an expected victory, the Chiefs will need to terrorize the Patriots QB Brian Hoyer. Specifically, Chris Jones and Frank Clark will need to be regulars in the Patriots backfield. Besides what the Chiefs need to do on defense, on offense they need to spread the ball around to all their wide receivers. The Chiefs have menacing playmakers at all skill positions. Their 3rd and 4th receivers could be 1st and 2nd receivers on a few other teams (Texans, Eagles, Oakland, etc).

Winner: Kansas City Chiefs. At the end of the day, New England’s defense can only hold this skilled group for so long and Brian Hoyer cannot keep up with the Chiefs. Even if Cam were in the game, this victory would lean to the Chief’s favor. Kansas City will be dancing all night. Chiefs by 13 points.

Atlanta Falcons(0-3) at Green Bay Packers(3-0)

Atlanta Falcons are like that sneeze that never happens. They are all HHHHaaaaaaa and no CCCChoooo. There’s a big build-up and strong senses and feelings happening but then flat, nothing. Leaving you wondering what just happened, feeling partial and disappointment.

The Falcons are 0-3, but it has been an interesting 0-3. Other than the first game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks, you could argue that the Falcons had the ability to be 2-1. They just can’t figure out that a football game requires 4 quarters, not 3. The Falcons have allowed both the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears to execute double-digit game-winning comebacks in consectutive weeks.

The head-scratcher is that this team scores so easily, that it looks natural. Conversely, they also blow leads so easily, that it looks natural. Atlanta is in such troubled waters that they are considering trading their best player to the evilest team. They need to play the Jaguars or the Jets ASAP so they can maybe get on track.

Green Bay Packers are red hot, nobody is telling anyone to relax, and to top it all off Brett Fav…. I mean Aaron Rodgers calls his own plays often. As much as they tried to separate themselves from each other, Aaron Rodgers is the Brett Favre that the Packers have always needed… minus the interceptions. This season feels good for the Pack. But let’s focus on Monday night.

In the second game of a double header Monday night football, expect Rodgers to continue to light it up through the air. This season, Rodgers is completing 67% of his passes, has 9 touchdowns and no interceptions — freakin outstanding. Those are early All-pro numbers from the 16 year veteran. The Falcons are bottom of the league in pass defense. For these reasons, expect big time pass numbers from Rodgers and company, despite having a lethal running attack with Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams at runningback.

Winner: Green Bay Packers will dominate. I don’t even believe the Packers will give the Falcons a chance to win this game. There will be no come back effort because a comeback will not be needed in this game. Packers by 10 points, at least.

Baltimore made me. Duval raised me. New York saved me. I'm a Jags fan for life and don't ever disrespect it. I'm Duval Til' We Die #DTWD. Florida Gators over everybody. Dodgers to win it all. Since moving to NYC I have become a Brooklyn Nets fan and am still trying to pick a hockey team. Those are my main rooting interest. I'm the head NFL Writer for the Turf. You can also catch me on Amplified Network where I co-host a podcast called "60 minute suspension" highlighting all off field activity covering all sports. I'm also a very big hip hop fan. You may find some rhymes from my favorite songs in my writing.

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