The last time we saw some meaningful National Football League, the Patriots pulled a rabbit out of the hat to win their fifth Super Bowl after being under the thumb for three quarters against Atlanta. Such instances are few and very, very far between. It will be the first regular season meeting between the franchises since the Chiefs embarrassed the Patriots by a score of 41-14 at Gillette stadium on November 21, 2011.
Brady, who said some of his backups presented him with a birthday cake that had "old" on it rather than his age, did admit that getting his body ready for every season has changed a lot. As usual, they will kick off the season in the opening game and will take on an AFC rival in the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady's strength is still his quick thinking, quick release and short passing. On offense, the Pats added tight end Dwayne Allen from the Colts, lightning quick receiver Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints, Rex Burkhead, and Mike Gillislee. The defense could potentially have a down year having lost both Cyrus Jones and Shea McClellin to preseason injuries, but there's no doubt that Bill Bellichick will right the ship and engineer another successful Patriots season. At 6-foot-1, Rowe is one of the taller slot corners in the league, but uses his size to his benefit. Listen I said he was looking pretty good out there on Thursday.
Saturday's cut down day in the pro game sent rosters plummeting from 90 players to 53 - the first time rosters were cut all at one time after years of the first cut being from 90 to 75 after the second preseason game. I know that they lost some unbelievable players on defense this Off-season.
Smith does have some weapons in 2017 that can make things interesting against a team that can put up points in a hurry.
So which side of Patriots-Chiefs should you take?
Elliott was banned for six games during the close season for violating the NFL's domestic abuse policy after he was arrested - but not charged - following an incident with a former girlfriend.
"(The Chiefs get) their running backs in space and catching the ball out of the backfield."Yes, this is easier said than done, but if the Chiefs eat away the clock, and stay consistent offensively, offensive tempo could obviously hurt the Patriots.
The New England Patriots held Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones to four receptions for 87 yards in Super Bowl LI on February 5. Have thoughts on how the Patriots and Kansas City are performing? The Chiefs hammered the Pats, 41-14, dropping them to 2-2 and leaving some wondering if Tom Brady's star was finally starting to fade. With much of the betting public supporting the heavily favored Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers scored a late touchdown to force a push.
I've pointed out some reasons why the Patriots might lose this game and they're legit reasons. The 4.92-point gap between New England and Dallas is roughly equivalent to that between Dallas and the 23rd-ranked Baltimore Ravens.