NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

New England (+10.5) at Kansas City, o/u 49.5
Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT

Hastily rescheduled from Sunday after Cam Newton's positive COVID test, the Patriots fortunately didn't have any other players or staff get hit as well, so the game will go on rather than being in limbo like the Titans-Steelers clash. It'll go on without Cam, though. Brian Hoyer will start under center for the Pats, which is a little like going from driving in NASCAR to driving a tour bus. Fun fact: Newton had as many rushing touchdowns in Week 1 (or Week 2, take your pick) as Hoyer's had in his entire 12-year career. The game plan may have to change a little, is what I'm saying. Leaning on the team's backfield depth, which gets James White back this week and potentially Damien Harris as well, to control the clock and keep Patrick Mahomes off the field isn't the worst idea. It's not the best one either — Mahomes doesn't need much time to do damage, and he hasn't been intimidated by the Pats' defensive reputation, posting an 8:3 TD:INT in three career games against them while averaging 310 passing yards a game. New England's defense also hasn't regained its dominant swagger to begin 2020, although they haven't been bad. "Not bad" probably isn't going to cut it against the 3-0 defending champs, though.

The Skinny

NE injuries: QB Newton (out, COVID), RB Sony Michel (out, quad), WR Julian Edelman (questionable, knee), LT Isaiah Wynn (questionable, calf),

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NFL Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NFL fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
SXM Highlights: Coventry Throws Shade on Gio
SXM Highlights: Coventry Throws Shade on Gio
Corner Report: Week 7
Corner Report: Week 7
RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 7 DFS Strategies (Video)
RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 7 DFS Strategies (Video)
DraftKings NFL: Week 7 Tournament Guide
DraftKings NFL: Week 7 Tournament Guide