The Patriots have lost their first game of the season, but still remain at the top of the standings in the AFC.
They are 8-1, while the Ravens, Colts and Bills are 6-2, and then the Chiefs and Texans are 6-3.
Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday, ESPN's Tedy Bruschi said he believes the Patriots' top competition in the AFC are the Ravens and Chiefs.
“The easy answer is Baltimore based on what you saw, but I will talk about Kansas City based on what they have been through now," he said. "What I thought when Patrick Mahomes went down was, it’s still early but this may just be what the Chiefs need because they need to learn to win football games and have confidence in the other units in terms of, ‘Yeah, we don’t need the quarterback. We have a unit defensively that can still make plays.’ And for them to get that victory last week, that confidence boost for that defensive front and the special teams and the running game knowing they can get a victory without that all-world quarterback makes them even better of a team.
"Understand what I am trying to say because now it is like, ‘We don’t need that 30 points that Patrick Mahomes can generate because we know we can stop people and still make plays to win without him.’ Just that type of mentality when you have it, you become a better team, a better team to win championships because now you’re not just looking at a quarterback to carry you the whole way. It is going to be a Kansas City-Baltimore type of thing.”
The Patriots face the Chiefs Dec. 8 at Gillette Stadium.