Here it is. The NFL season is back and the New England Patriots are ready to defend their championship season. There are a lot of storylines to get through so let’s get started right away.
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The Patriots will attempt to become the first team to win championships in back to back seasons since the Patriots did just that back in 2003 and 2004. The Kansas City Chiefs are primed for another good season with a top of the line defense to back it up. Alex Smith and Andy Reid have done nothing but win and have successful seasons together and this looks like another good one for them. Let’s look at both teams and the biggest storylines.
What is left to accomplish?
The Patriots are primed for a big season. Led by the same quarterback and same coach as that back to back team. Tom Brady is back yet again as the Patriots starting quarterback and now at 40 years old and coming off his 5th super bowl victory, many are wondering what is left for the quarterback to accomplish. Is it continuing to prove the doubters wrong or becoming the best “old” quarterback ever? That remains to be seen but he is fresh and ready to go with an incredible number of weapons.
Bill Belichick is back at the helm as the head coach and he too is coming off his 5th ring. Already labeled by most as the greatest coach of all time, many wonder where his motivation is coming from but has he has put it, “it is business as usual.
Dangerous fresh faces
The coaching staff comes back for the most part intact and the team is absolutely stacked with weapons. After winning the super bowl, Belichick acted upon the offseason as if he had lost it. Adding Dwayne Allen to the tight end core was a big move for many reasons. For starters, he is a great insurance player considering the lack of consistency behind Gronkowski playing. Although Rob Gronkowski is special, he has had a lot of trouble staying healthy. He is also one of the better run block Tight Ends in football and Belichick loves blocking tight ends. He will be dangerous but he is not the only offensive addition. The Patriots added two wide receivers in Dorsett and Cooks. Both are lightning fast and although Cooks has been a lot better, Dorsett is a great special team’s player as well. Keep an eye on the new running back Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead as well. Although the Patriots are without Julien Edelman this year, the offense still looks to be extremely dangerous.
No other Patriots team has gotten this much hype since the 2007 Patriots team. Many articles were published over the course of the offseason labeling this Patriots team as a “19-0” type of team. Whether this team will be that good remains to be seen but if one thing is for sure it is that this team is stacked from top to bottom. The Chiefs will be a big test to start.
Transferring over to the other team, the Kansas City Chiefs also have their fair share of storylines leading up to this game. A worthy opponent for the Patriots to say the least, the Chiefs have not been overly successful vs the Patriots but they do have a top 5 defense to boast and Andy Reid is an extremely gifted Coach.
Looking for a higher ceiling
The Kansas City Chiefs have been famous for being a good but not spectacular team for years now. They are famous for getting to the Divisional round and then losing. Many have been disappointed by this but they also have had to play in the era of the Tom Brady and the Patriots dominance. They have been ousted by the Patriots in the playoffs now and are looking for not only revenge but a chance to prove they are Super Bowl contenders.
Fake Division champs or legitimate
The Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC west last year but many argue that if Derek Carr never went down then they would have won the division. This year they are out to prove that they just may be an ultimate fly under the radar team that can come in and prove they are legitimate. It starts with a giant challenge against these Patriots on Thursday night.
It is no secret that the Chiefs have a top of the line defense. They are loaded in the front seven with Marcus Peters and Eric Berry in the secondary. They are dangerous all around but they will have their hands full with this Patriots team. With easily the most loaded offensive team in the league coming their direction, they must be prepared all around.
All around this will be an exciting matchup. They have not played each other since last year’s divisional game in the Playoffs in which the Patriots won 27-20. They also have not played each other in the regular season since the infamous “they are not good anymore” beatdown in 2014 when the Chiefs won 41-14 and many pronounced the Patriots reign officially over. We all know how that turned out.
Be sure to tune in as well to watch the Banner get presented to the stadium and beyond that the 70,000 Roger Goodell clown towels will be handed out for this game. Dave Portnoy who is the creator of Barstool announced that he has arranged the whole thing due to the commissioner attending the opener.
Football is back and the storylines are here! Tune into NBC to catch the game Thursday night and continue to follow Cover32 for all your NFL news.