The Patriots will kick off their title defense by hosting the Chiefs in a battle between two of the best teams in the conference. The last time the two teams squared off, the Patriots beat the Chiefs 27-20 in the AFC Divisional Round of the 2015 playoffs. The last two regular season games have been blowouts, with the Chiefs beating the Patriots 41-14 at Arrowhead in 2014, and the Patriots beating the Chiefs 34-3 at Gillette in 2011.
The Patriots have won all of their previous season openers as the defending Super Bowl champions and are 6-2 against the Chiefs under head coach Bill Beli chick.
The Chiefs are home to multiple former Patriots players and staffers. OL Jordan Devey is on the Chiefs, while LB coach Gary Gibbs apparently was on the Patriots roster for training camp in 1975. Special projects manager Tommy Brasher used to be the Patriots defensive line coach from 1982-84, offensive quality control coach Mike Kafka used to play quarterback for the Patriots in 2013, and head trainer Rick Burkholder was a Patriots intern in 1986.
Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea was a special teams assistant for the Chiefs in 2004 and a linebackers and special teams coach in 2004. Team develop coach Jack Easterby was the Chiefs’ team chaplain from 2011-12.
Who: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
When: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
The NFL is officially back! With Week 1 officially here, it’s time to look around the league for the first edition of this season’s power rankings. Can anyone compete with the Patriots? Are the Giants ready to live up to (self-imposed) Super Bowl hype? Will the Jets win a game? How good can the Eagles be in Carson Wentz’s second season?
The Kansas City Chiefs, led by coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith, meet the defending NFL champion New England Patriots, led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in the season opener on Thursday, September 7, 2017 (9/7/17) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.