New England Patriots: Experts break down the Kansas City Chiefs

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Travis Kelce has become one of the top tight ends in the NFL. What will the Patriots do to try and take away the middle of the field from him?

I think you may see a lot of double teams on Kelce in this game. New England has the ability to cover KC’s top two receivers one-on-one with Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore, so they can devote a little extra attention to Kelce. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eric Rowe matched up on him with help from a linebacker or some safety help over the top from Devin McCourty or Patrick Chung. Kelce is going to be priority number 1 for the Patriots defense.

Tom Brady seems ready to play forever. What keeps him going, and how does it affect the future of the Pats organization?

Right now, Brady still looks as strong as ever. As much as people want to joke and make fun of his lifestyle choices, I think that’s a huge part of it. Tom isn’t putting anything in his body that he thinks will cause harm or won’t have a benefit. Others have begun to implement some of the TB12 lifestyle changes as well, like Rob Gronkowski, Hopefully, that can help keep Gronk healthy as well.

In terms of how much longer Tom plays, we have no idea. It definitely creates an internal struggle with the Jimmy Garoppolo situation, but I’d still take TB12 any day of the week. Garoppolo may very well have to be franchise tagged as a backup if we want to keep him in a Patriots uniform. It just makes me think back to how funny it is that people in New England used to think Matt Cassel was the QB of the future.