Stat suggests New England Patriots will win 2017 season opener

Sunday, 10 Sep, 2017

They've been a good road team to the point where a strong argument could be made that the Chiefs in their time with Reid have been better away from Kansas City than at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Patriots will have to play the season without wide receiver Julian Edelman, the Kent State product who tore his ACL during the preseason.

You know I'm wondering what you think the prospects are for the Patriots and chiefs tonight.

With Ben Roethlisberger who chose to stick around for another season, and Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, they're going to have one of the most powerful attacks in the whole league.

How will Tom Brady fare at age 40? I'd still put my money on the Patriots, at least until that day when Tom Brady finally shows his age and we get to see Belichick dump him like a bag of diapers. The difference between the Raiders and Pittsburgh is the Steelers are better on offense, and their defense is further along, even though the Raiders have the defending Defensive MVP in Khalil Mack. Kansas City's last win in New England was back in 1990.

Back in the NFC, the Falcons sure look like the real deal to me.

"We had a couple of injuries previous year, but there are no excuses", Johnson said. I tell you both sides feel that way. In a field crowded with prolific offenses, the Seahawks will coax one more Super Bowl trip out of their defense.

We've had this all wrong, and I'm saying we, not you, because I've been part of the problem. What they do game-by-game.

NFC: Meanwhile, the Vikings will make the playoffs, but it will be Seattle's defense and Green Bay's lack thereof that will decide the NFC title game and save Minnesotans the pain playing host to hordes of Cheeseheads. Since then, the home team has won every time except once: the Cowboys beat the Giants in 2012. For the team at the bottom of the league I'll take the Jets to tank the whole season, easy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady four games; the punishment remained in limbo as the scandal that came to be known as "Deflategate" stretched into a third season before it was ultimately upheld in the federal courts.

Some say Brady jinxed himself by agreeing to be on the cover of this year's Madden game. How effective will rookie running back Kareem Hunt be? Just kidding. The boos are going to be loud, long and louder. They grabbed a handful of players who contributed past year, including Cyrus Jones, Joe Thuney, Malcolm Mitchell, Jacoby Brissett, and Vincent Valentine. That means Houston, Ford, Chris Jones and the Chiefs pass rushers need to win and win fast.

Though many expect the Patriots offense to be their biggest weapon this season, I think getting out to a hot start for this group is going to be pivotal. "The good thing is we don't pay attention to that". They'll go 13-3 in the regular season, and will be in Minnesota in February.

I'm going to get up on my soapbox for a second, Pats fans, and my message for 2017 is simple: Take the 2017 season as if nothing had happened before for the Patriots. Brady rushes for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel comes out of retirement for one game, catches winning touchdown pass in final minute.