NFL Sunday Week 16 : Kansas City Chiefs vs Atlanta Falcons Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/26/2020, 9:40 AM EST
Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Travis Kelce (87) his touchdown scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Without a doubt, Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs are the favorites to defend their Super Bowl title this season. They remain unbeaten since Week 5, having won nine games on the trot heading into Week 16.

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Meanwhile, Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans are currently engaged in a two-way battle for the AFC South title with Indianapolis Colts. They are in dire need of a win on Sunday and will hope to upset the reigning Super Bowl champions. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 16 Game Day predictions.

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Head coach Andy Reid has genuinely transformed the Chiefs into a strong attacking unit over the last two seasons. They are in line to make another Super Bowl appearance if they keep playing the way they are right now. With Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and others firing on all cylinders, the Chiefs are arguably the toughest team in the league at the moment.

But coach Reid will be without his rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire this weekend. He is dealing with a knee injury and will be on the sidelines for an extended spell. WR Tyreek Hill and DL Frank Clark are also listed as ‘questionable’ for Sunday’s game at the Arrowhead Stadium.

Can Matt Ryan lead the Atlanta Falcons to a rare win on Sunday?

Honestly, it’s been a season to forget for the Atlanta Falcons and their massive fanbase (including Stephen A. Smith). The NFC South big boys are third in their division and are officially eliminated from playoff contention. WR Julio Jones is still out with a hamstring injury. CB Darqueze Dennard and C Alex Mack are also out of contention to feature on Sunday with fitness issues.

The Falcons will have to dig deep for motivation to go up against the ruthless Kansas City Chiefs. They will need a powerhouse defensive display to stop Mahomes and Co. from wreaking havoc in Missouri.

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Kansas City – Out

LB Damien Wilson – Knee

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Ankle/Hip

Questionable

WR Tyreek Hill – Hamstring

DE Frank Clark – Illness

Atlanta – Out

WR Julio Jones – Hamstring

CB Darqueze Dennard – Quad

C Alex Mack – Concussion

G James Carpenter – Groin

Questionable

S Ricardo Allen – Concussion

WR Brandon Powell – Foot

Chiefs vs Falcons Prediction

Kansas City Chiefs 37 – 14 Atlanta Falcons

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Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates with head coach Andy Reid his touchdown scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Needless to say, this fixture should be an absolute cakewalk for the Chiefs who must already be preparing for the post-season. They will be tempted to rest some of their big names against the Falcons.

Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is once again in the mix for the NFL MVP award and will look to make a statement performance in Week 16. We expect fireworks this Christmas weekend, so come prepared!

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