The New England Patriots have been unbeatable in October, literally, over the last few years. This win streak is very much in danger of being snapped on Sunday, though.
The Patriots will soon travel to Arrowhead Stadium to play the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the most-anticipated matchup on the Week 4 schedule.
The undefeated Chiefs are the best team in the league, led by an explosive offense featuring superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
If the Chiefs prevail and defeat the Patriots in back-to-back regular seasons, New England's October win streak will be snapped.
Happy October.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 1, 2020
The Patriots have won 12 straight games in October, which is tied with the Saints (current) for the fourth longest streak in the month since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
The Patriots' last loss in October?
To Cam Newton and the Panthers, 33-30, on Oct. 1, 2017.
Here's a look at each October game of that win streak.
Oct. 27, 2019: 27-13 vs. Cleveland Browns
Oct. 21, 2019: 33-0 at New York Jets
Oct. 10, 2019: 35-14 vs. New York Giants
Oct. 6, 2019: 33-7 at Washington Football Team
Oct. 29, 2018: 25-6 at Buffalo Bills
Oct. 21, 2018: 38-31 at Chicago Bears
Oct. 14, 2018: 43-40 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 4, 2018: 38-24 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Oct. 29, 2017: 21-13 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Oct. 22, 2017: 23-7 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Oct. 15, 2017: 24-17 at New York Jets
Oct. 5, 2017: 19-14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as heavy 7-point underdogs entering this game, which is the largest spread against New England since Week 1 in 2016 when Jimmy Garoppolo started in place of a suspended Tom Brady on the road versus the Arizona Cardinals.
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The Patriots, to their credit, have fared better than most teams against Mahomes. New England has beaten Mahomes in two of its three meetings against the former league MVP, and in the only loss, the Kansas City quarterback posted mediocre stats of 283 yards with one touchdown and one interception at Gillette Stadium last season.
If the Patriots are going to win Sunday's showdown, they'll need to maintain their status as the league's top rushing attack and win the turnover battle. This is going to be an enormous challenge for the Pats, but it would be foolish to write off any team coached by Bill Belichick.