Chiefs-Patriots likely to open National Football League season

Ross Houston
April 17, 2017

According to reporting in New England, the Chiefs are indeed the best choice and will "almost certainly" play the Patriots in the season opener, according to the Boston Globe.

"The Patriots" opening game on September 7 at Gillette Stadium will nearly certainly be against the Chiefs, who are coming off a 12-4 season and an AFC West title.

If the Chiefs-Pats game, which will be played at Gillette Stadium, does indeed turn out to be the National Football League opener, it would be a surprise for those like me that thought the opening game would be a Super Bowl rematch between the Pats and Atlanta Falcons.

As Volin mentions, the Falcons are opening up their new stadium, which usually warrants them playing a primetime game. Nate Ebner, a reserve safety, is one of the team's top players in the kicking game and garnered All-Pro consideration a year ago.

The other options are the Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills or New York Jets.

The Chiefs went 12-4 last season and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs after winning the second seed in the conference as the AFC West champions.

Andy Reid has only faced the Patriots twice since becoming the Chiefs head coach, and the results are split at 1-1 - the dominant Monday Night Football win 41-14 at Arrowhead and the close 27-20 loss in the 2016 playoffs.

That kind of versatility is invaluable in New England and has warranted heavy investment at the position in the past.

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