Patriots-Chiefs matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Nov. 18, 2011 @ 1:57 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Here's a key matchup to watch in the Week 11 game between the Patriots and Chiefs:

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali vs. Patriots OTs Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer

The Patriots' O-line had one of its best games of the season in last Sunday night's win over the Jets. It was only the second game all season in which Tom Brady was not sacked, coming after a four-game stretch in which he was sacked 12 times.

We saw in that stretch that putting quick pressure on Brady had a very negative impact on New England's passing game.

On Monday night, the Patriots' tackles will face one of the league's best pass rushers in Hali, who has six sacks this season.

Hali tormented Chargers OLT Marcus McNeill in the Chiefs' last win, which came on a Monday night in Week Eight. He was shut out in the past two games. Hali could give Light some problems, as he has had his struggles against speed rushers. Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware had two sacks against the Patriots. Hali might move around a bit and test Vollmer, who has allowed two sacks in four games this season. He allowed only one sack all of the 2010 season.

Not counting Hali, the Chiefs have three sacks total, so if the Patriots can neutralize the speed rusher, Brady should have plenty of time to throw.