NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-3)
WEEK 15 // SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 6-5
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/23/16: Saints 21 at Chiefs 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/23/12: Chiefs 27, Saints 24 (OT)
KANSAS CITY NOTES:
CHIEFS clinched AFC West division title for 5th-consecutive season, longest streak in franchise history. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 34 passes (70.6 pct.) for 393 yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 91.9 rating last week. Has 315+ pass yards in 6 straight, tied-longest streak in NFL history. Aims for 9th in row with 90+ rating. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.3 rating in 2 career games vs. NFC South. Leads NFL with 4,208 pass yards & is 3rd QB in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE (rookie) had 91 scrimmage yards (59 rec., 32 rush) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB LE’VEON BELL had 254 scrimmage yards (careerhigh 159 rec., 95 rush) & rush TD in only career game vs. NO (11/30/14 with Pit.). • WR TYREEK HILL had 79 rec. yards & TD catch & rushed for 32-yard TD last week, his 14th-career game with 2+ TDs, tied for 2nd-most by WR in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. Ties for NFL lead with 14 rec. TDs. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 125+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 100+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. Leads TEs with 90 catches, 1,250 rec. yards & ties for lead with 9 rec. TDs. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 2 PD & INT last week & aims for 4th in row with INT. Has 4 PD in 3 career games vs. NO. CB BASHAUD BREELAND had 3 PD last week. DE FRANK CLARK had sack last week. Had sack in only career game vs. NO (10/30/16 with Sea.). DT CHRIS JONES had sack, PD & 1st-career safety in Week 14.
NEW ORLEANS NOTES:
QB DREW BREES passed for 367 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 110.3 rating in last meeting. Has 11 TDs (9 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 107.4 rating in 5 home starts this season. QB TAYSOM HILL passed for career-high 291 yards & had 2 TDs vs. INT for 102 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 7 receptions & 94 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 44 rec.) with rush TD last week. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 & aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Ranks 3rd in NFL in scrimmage yards (1,422) & tied-3rd in scrimmage TDs (14). Leads all RBs with 77 receptions & can become 3rd RB in NFL history with 4 seasons of 80+ catches. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS led team with 8 receptions & 84 yards last week. Had 10 receptions for 130 yards in last meeting. Has 9+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 9 at home. Since 2016, leads NFL with 510 receptions, most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 4th TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 50+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 6th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. • DE CAMERON JORDAN aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with TFL. Is only player with 6+ sacks in each of past 9 seasons. LB DEMARIO DAVIS needs 9 tackles for 4th-consecutive 100+ tackle season. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 (LAVONTE DAVID) with 400+ tackles (447) & 40+ TFL (45). DE TREY HENDRICKSON ranks tied-3rd in NFL with career-high 10.5 sacks this season. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 11th-career FR last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (KC), 137 (NO) | XM: 380 (KC), 227 (NO)