Sunday Slate: Analyzing Week 12 Matchups
What is Bill Belichick to do? He prefers to play 2-man coverage concepts, meaning man-to-man across the board with either both safeties up top or with one roving underneath. However, Belichick just watched Peyton Manning hang 27 points on the Chiefs’ man-based defense that he knows is better than his own.
FWIW, the Pats pass defense (9th) isn't that far behind the Chiefs' (5th), at least according to Burke's efficiency data; they're just behind them at intercepting passes, too.
It's the run that New England defense doesn't handle well, ranking fourth worst in the league there (KC is sixth best).