FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 14: Case Keenum #5 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Dont’a Hightower #54 and Matt Judon #9 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
New England Patriots 6-4
Last week: W, 45-7 vs CLE
Last rank: 15th
The Patriots took a three-game winning streak into their encounter with the visiting Browns. Bill Belichick’s team owned a 1-4 home record entering this contest. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones continued his outstanding play, hitting on 19-of-23 throws for 198 yards and three scores.
With Damien Harris out, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson wound up with 20 carries for 100 yards and two touchdown. And the Pats have as many wins as the Bills.
Kansas City Chiefs 6-4
Last week: W, 41-14 at LVR
Last rank: 11th
It was off to Sin City for a Sunday prime time clash with the Raiders as Andy Reid’s team looked for some offensive consistency. And the Chiefs found it in a big way via quarterback Patrick Mahomes and an attack that rolled up 516 total yards.
The fifth-year signal-caller hit on 35-of-50 passes for 406 yards and five scores – two of those strikes to Tyreek Hill. Under Reid, the Chiefs own a 14-3 mark in this series dating back to his arrival in Kansas City in 2013.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-3
Last week: L, 29-19 at WAS
Last rank: 4th
Just like their competition on Sunday, the Buccaneers had last week off as they faced the Football Team at Washington in a playoff rematch from a year ago. Veterans Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown would not be available and quarterback Tom Brady got off to rough start.
He threw two interceptions in the second quarter and Bruce Arians’ team would dig themselves a 13-0 hole and never led. The Bucs ran for a disappointing 53 yards.