Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) at New England Patriots (17-2)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -7 -- Over/Under: 50 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New England Patriots begin their Super Bowl defense on Thursday night as they welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to Foxboro.
The Kansas City Chiefs look to make a statement on NFL Opening Night as they head into Gillette Stadium to take on the defending world champions in what should be a very exciting contest between two AFC powerhouses. The Chiefs took a blow in the preseason as they lost projected starting running back Spencer Ware for the foreseeable future thanks to a knee injury and now they will rely heavily on rookie back Kareem Hunt who has displaced Charcandrick West as the lead back. The Chiefs will also lean on Alex Smith, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill on offense and a slew of talented play makers on defense including Eric Berry and Marcus Peters but with Tom Brady and company looking as dangerous as ever this could be a long night for a Chiefs team that has playoff aspirations. Kansas City has been strong ATS on the road lately but the Patriots seem to have their way against AFC opponents when playing at home and with this being a show case game in prime time expect the big guns of the Pats to show up.
The Patriots meanwhile reloaded in the offseason and are looking as dangerous as ever coming into this season as they are led by Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and newcomer Brandin Cooks and while they too lost a pivotal part of their offense in the form of a season ending knee injury to Julian Edelman, they are still stockpiled with receiving options. New England was also able to retain Malcolm Butler and brought in Stephon Gilmore from the rival Buffalo Bills which puts this Pats group on par with the offense and makes them perhaps the most complete team in the NFL heading into week one action. New England, as mentioned, is very good at home, especially against AFC opponents and they are getting used to playing on these Thursday night games as the defending Super Bowl champion so they should be right at home with the lights shining brightest.
The Chiefs are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games in September while the Pats are 6-0 ATS in their last six games on turf and 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games at home. Kansas City will be a tough out this season but against the Pats I think they are in trouble as they are without some key pieces that will hamper them here and on opening night the Patriots cruise.