Mike Pennel seems happier with Chiefs coaches than with the Patriots

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com It's been quite the year for Mike Pennel. The defensive tackle signed a two-year deal with the Patriots on the first day of free agency last season and was penciled into a starting role on their defensive line. Fast forward to training camp, and Pennel struggled to stay on the field.…

Stephon Gilmore makes his Super Bowl pick

For the first time in four years, it’s actually a question who the Patriots players think will win the Super Bowl. There’s still a week and a half for predictions to roll in, but Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore gave his take to reporters at Wednesday afternoon’s Pro Bowl practice

Mazz: Why the Patriots don't look like the Patriots

On offense, especially, New England has had far too many fundamental breakdowns this year, the result of which has been uncharacteristically poor play, particularly in the red zone. That flaw – along with some bad officiating – helped do them in Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mazz: Belichick, Patriots still searching for answers to stop Reid, Chiefs and Mahomes

The Patriots and Chiefs have played five times since Reid took over the Chiefs, and while the Patriots are 3-2 in those games, Kansas City has scored an average of 34.8 points per game that has made the New England defense look like the French army. And with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, Kansas City has scored 71 points in the last two games against the Patriots, including 40 in Foxboro last year.

Mazz: With Patriots, 10-2 is a good news-bad news proposition

Upon closer inspection, one can’t help but wonder if the Patriots defense is a little overrated. Against Baltimore and Houston, the Pats allowed 65 points while opponents went a combined 12-for-22 on third and fourth downs – a whopping 55 percent. Kansas City steps up to bat this week - in Foxboro.