The Kansas City Chiefs meet up with the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. The Patriots have a 6-3 record, so far this year, and are bringing to the game a 3rd down conversion rate of 45% (5th in NFL) and have a red zone efficiency of 63% (2nd in NFL).
In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the upcoming opponent’s rushing and passing tendencies, as well as some additional data and observations. For example: Did you know that the New England Patriots are 6th best in the NFL in sacks, per passing attempt?
Every team in the NFL has strengths and weaknesses, tendencies, and go-to guys. They have plays they like to call during tight situations or directions they like to run when in the middle of the football field.
Let’s take a look at the rest of those tendencies…
- Patriot Offense
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End No: 38 No: 34 No: 28 No: 42 No: 23 No: 33 No: 25 Rank: 8 Rank: 11 Rank: 11 Rank: 29 Rank: 18 Rank: 12 Rank: 18 Avg: 4.5 Avg: 3.5 Avg: 4.5 Avg: 3.5 Avg: 4.3 Avg: 4.9 Avg: 5.6
- Chiefs Defense
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End No: 36 No: 28 No: 16 No: 129 No: 9 No: 26 No: 32 Rank: 8 Rank: 20 Rank: 26 Rank: 1 Rank: 31 Rank: 20 Rank: 13 Avg: 6.2 Avg: 4.8 Avg: 2.5 Avg: 3.9 Avg: 3.5 Avg: 4.5 Avg: 6.0
- Above, is a new slider graph we are trying at PFS. First, you will see the Patriot run tendencies. If you click the ribbon (grey column) on the right you will see how opponents are doing against the Chiefs’ defense. Hope you like it.
- Compared to the rest of the league, the Patriots are getting their best production when they run the ball to the right. New England is getting 4.3 yards, per attempt, off the right guard, 4.9 yards, per attempt, off the right tackle, and 5.6 yards, per attempt, around the right end.
- New England likes to keep it balanced in the run game, and they can do that with a good passing game. But the Chiefs are giving up 6.0 yards, per attempt, around the right end and 4.8 yards off the left tackle area. If the Chiefs happen to make it a tight game…look for the Patriots to test out those soft areas a little bit more.
- The Chiefs are ranked 2nd in the NFL in yards given up off the left guard area. Kansas City is only giving up 2.5 yards, per attempt, when teams run in that direction.
| 2011 Target By Zone Chart
|Avg. Gain: 11.6
||Avg. Gain: 15.1
||Avg. Gain: 16.6
||Plays: 85||Plays: 102
|Avg. Gain: 6.2
||Avg. Gain: 8.2
||Avg. Gain: 7.2
- When you look at the chart above, you might notice that the New England Patriots are pretty balanced. You don’t get that balance without a coaching staff and a quarterback that make it their job to eliminate tendencies. But that very fact, shows us a tendency.
- The Patriots are ranked 2nd in the NFL in the number of times they throw the ball to the left side of the field. That…is a preference. It is a cue that New England will go to great lengths to stay balanced…regardless of the fact that they may throw the ball to a particular zone more than anyone else.
- The Patriots are ranked 3rd in the NFL in the number of attempts to the short middle and deep middle of the field. 23 attempts is a lot of throws to the middle…and it would seem to be a product of trying to stay balanced.
- The Patriots are ranked 2nd in the NFL in completion percentage to the deep right zone, with 55%. The Chiefs are giving up a 48% completion rate to that zone (28th in NFL).
- They have been attacked frequently in the deep left and deep right zones. In the deep left zone, they have been challenged 5th most in the NFL..and in the deep right zone they have been challenged the 2nd most in the NFL.
- Look for the Patriots to hit those weak areas for the Chiefs. But when it is all said and done…expect the Patriots to seek balance. For example: If you see a lot of throws to the short right zone in the 1st quarter…expect New England to come back and work the short left. All in the name of “balance”.
- Also, check out the Chiefs vs Patriots Ranking Match-Ups article, here.