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NFL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 9/7/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




KANSAS CITY (12 - 5) at NEW ENGLAND (17 - 2)
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Week 1 Thursday, 9/7/2017 8:30 PM
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451KANSAS CITY5047.5
452NEW ENGLAND-7.5-8
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games12-5+4.69-76-1123.812.5336.2(5.7)1.119.411.2369.8(5.7)2.0
Road Games6-2+5.26-24-424.710.6344.9(5.6)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.62-12-128.716.0358.7(5.9)1.318.310.7344.3(5.6)2.0
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.812.518.930:1925-106(4.2)23-3466.4%230(6.7)59-336(5.7)(14.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.611.620.230:5726-106(4.1)22-3662.4%243(6.8)62-349(5.7)(14.8)
Offense Road Games24.710.620.231:0325-110(4.3)23-3665.4%235(6.6)61-345(5.6)(13.9)
Defense (All Games)19.411.221.330:5228-124(4.5)22-3758.8%246(6.6)65-370(5.7)(19.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.811.820.631:3326-109(4.1)22-3661.6%248(6.8)63-357(5.7)(15)
Defense Road Games23.113.121.030:5028-112(4.1)21-3461.9%259(7.6)62-371(6)(16.1)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-643.5%1-150.0%2-53(23.5)2-10(5.2)7-50
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-539.9%1-050.8%2-38(20.4)16-2(8.3)7-60
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-540.8%1-160.0%2-36(22.5)2-7(3.5)7-51

NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games17-2+12.316-39-1028.714.7396.6(6)0.816.48.0327.5(5.5)1.5
Home Games8-2+1.38-26-428.415.2387.7(6)
Last 3 Games3-0+23-03-034.712.3451.3(6.1)1.720.314.3332.3(5.8)2.0
Turf Games10-2+3.39-37-528.915.5384.2(6)0.816.67.2334.1(5.4)1.7
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.714.722.831:3130-112(3.8)24-3766.4%284(7.8)66-397(6)(13.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2311.620.131:4027-114(4.2)22-3562.4%232(6.6)62-346(5.6)(15)
Offense Home Games28.415.221.430:4530-109(3.7)23-3467.3%278(8.1)64-388(6)(13.7)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.510.719.430:0126-114(4.3)21-3461.8%225(6.5)61-339(5.6)(15.8)
Defense Home Games15.76.718.329:1423-88(3.8)24-3962.4%242(6.2)62-330(5.3)(21)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-536.3%1-036.8%3-49(18.2)2-9(5.7)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.4 13-537.9%1-048.3%2-47(21.8)17-2(8.4)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-536.6%1-036.4%2-46(19.1)2-10(6.2)6-51
Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 20.4,  NEW ENGLAND 19.1
KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2017@ NEW ENGLAND            
9/24/2017@ LA CHARGERS            

NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2017KANSAS CITY            
9/17/2017@ NEW ORLEANS            
10/5/2017@ TAMPA BAY            
KANSAS CITY: K.C.'s offense is too complicated for QB Alex Smith to lose his job to No. 10 overall draft pick QB Patrick Mahomes just yet. The pick indicates that the Chiefs want more production and splash plays from under center, whereas Smith has been a conservative game-manager. WR Tyreke Hill is nearly unstoppable as a moving chess piece, while TE Travis Kelce is a matchup nightmare and was the league's most prolific receiving tight end in 2016. No team created more turnovers than the Chiefs last season, and the All-Pro duo of S Eric Berry and CB Marcus Peters are scoring threats when on the field. Edge-rusher Justin Houston is healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, and has tallied an impressive 60 sacks in 69 career starts. Former first-rounder Dee Ford is coming into his own opposite Houston, while Tamba Hali gives K.C. a deep rotation of pass-rushers.
NEW ENGLAND: The genius of head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady is their ability to change the gameplan week-to-week, anticipating their opponents' approach and praying upon their weaknesses. The rich got richer this offseason, as the defending champions added weapons in WR Brandin Cooks, RBs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead and TE Dwayne Allen. On top of that, TE Rob Gronkowski, arguably the best ever at his position, enters the year fully healthy. Devoid of stars, New England's bend-don't-break defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL last season. They win with scheme as opposed to individual talent. CB Stephon Gilmore joins a solid secondary that rarely gives up big plays, and DE Kony Ealy will inject some life into the pass rush. LB Dont'a Hightower is an old-fashioned bruiser in the middle of the defense, while DT Alan Branch is unmovable against the run.
Brady, Patriots begin title defense against Chiefs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It was back before the start of training camp, with expectations high, that Julian Edelman labeled talk of a perfect 19-0 New England Patriots season as "stupid."

On Thursday night, the Patriots begin their quest for a sixth title in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era when the Kansas City Chiefs come calling, and they will have to seek another title without Edelman.

Brady's ultra-talented slot receiver, he of that unreal catch in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons, sustained a non-contact ACL tear of his right knee in an Aug. 25 preseason game. He is gone for the year, but Brady has tight end Rob Gronkowski back, and deals were made to bring in wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett.

Dorsett, a former first-round draft pick, was just acquired from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who had the game of his professional life in the preseason finale.

"He's a pretty talented player," Belichick said of Dorsett on Sunday, after the Patriots made a flurry of moves to get their roster of 53 almost set. "He was a first-round draft pick. We'll see. We'll start working with him today and see how it goes.

Don't forget, Dorsett will be working with Brady, who recently turned 40 with no end in sight.

The Chiefs were a 12-4 playoff team last season, dropping an 18-16 home playoff decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is no easy opener, the game to be played after the Patriots unveil their fifth banner (they had to redo the top of Gillette Stadium to make it fit).

"You love it. You love competition," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Sunday. "If you're in this business, that's what you thrive on, and I'd tell you both sides feel that way. The players, that's why they play the game. They want to the best.

"You want to coach against the best -- that's a beautiful thing."

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston feels the same way, saying, "I think it's a great opportunity, not only to see where we're at, but just our mindset. It's going to a great atmosphere, it's going to be loud -- pretty much like a playoff atmosphere when you go there. We're going to see where we're at mentally and where we're at on the field."

Asked what he might have to do to handle Brady, Houston laughed and said the Chiefs have to hit him, adding, "Because the ball comes out so fast, he's a smart guy. My main thing is the defense, don't lose confidence in what you got going on because he's going to make plays. It's Tom Brady. Just got to stay together through four quarters."

Brady, aging like a fine wine, is 101-17 at Gillette, where Belichick is a mere 110-26.

"There will definitely be nerves and being anxious," Brady said Monday, "but once you get out there, those things calm down."

The New England roster continued to be in a state of flux Monday with running back/special teamer Brandon Bolden brought back after being released Saturday. He is taking the roster spot of Shea McClellin, who was placed on injured reserve but is a candidate to return during the season.

WEEI.com reported Monday that defensive lineman Vincent Valentine, who missed the last three practices leading up to the preseason finale and then the game against the New York Giants, would not play in the opener.

Neither Valentine nor Patriots offensive tackle Cameron Fleming practiced Monday, while tight end Travis Kelce was among those limited for the Chiefs.

The Patriots also lost punt returner Cyrus Jones for the season to a knee injury. Danny Amendola will slide into that spot.

Amendola said Monday he loves returning punts, comparing it to playing on the highway.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, not the most popular person in New England, is scheduled to be at the opener, which would mark his second visit to Gillette already this year.

In case you missed it, Goodell suspended Brady for the first four games of last season for the Deflategate drama, and Brady returned with fire in his eyes.

The Chiefs have never won at Gillette Stadium, and they haven't beaten the Patriots in Foxborough in five tries dating back to their last win in 1998.

It was against the Chiefs in the 2008 opener that Brady was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Last Updated: 7/15/2018 11:53:21 PM EST

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