Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/18/11

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The difficult half of the Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule officially begins Monday night when they travel to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the surging New England Patriots.

There’s no question that KC’s schedule is a tale of two halves, and the back end is undoubtedly the tougher half. In Kansas City’s first nine games, they faced only three teams with a winning record. Two of those were losses. Those nine teams’ combined records are 33-50.

The Chiefs get thrust into the gauntlet starting in front of American against the Patriots in their house. If you thought the first half of the season was  failure on the part of the Chiefs, you might want to cancel your cable.

The season’s last seven opponents for the Chiefs have a combined record of 43-23. Five of those seven opponents have winning records. Six of them are in first or second place in their respective divisions.

A tale of two halves.

Technically, that second half started last Sunday against the Broncos, I game I fully expected the Chiefs to win. But every Tebow has his day (apparently two, after taking down the Jets as well). While I don’t consider Denver in the same echelon as some of the opponents like Pittsburgh and Chicago KC will face in the coming weeks, they still managed a win. Not a good start for the Chiefs in their murderer’s row of a schedule.

They Patriots come into this game coming off a big road win over the Jets. Tom Brady is once again playing at a level of his own, and he looks poised to have a field day over KC’s porous secondary. Ironically for the Patriots, their own secondary is quite porous. The worst in the league, arguably (New England is last in pass yards allowed per game).

Luckily for them, Kansas City’s mediocre passing attack will be hampered even further without starting quarterback Matt Cassel under center. This game will however provide Tyler Palko a nice chance to gain some confidence passing into a weak secondary.

So Chiefs fans, strap in and prepare for a tough stretch. Brady will be Brady, and the Chiefs will score some points too. Unfortunately, the Patriots will run ahead early and never look back.

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