|GAME TIME|| 8:30 PM ET
|LOCATION|| Foxboro, MA
|STADIUM|| Gillette Stadium
KEY PLAYER (New England Patriots): BRANDIN COOKS, WR
With the injury to Julian Edelman, Cooks should see plenty of targets, although his biggest challenge will be to overcome the smothering coverage of Marcus Peters. Otherwise, the receivers’ speed should do just fine against the Kansas City secondary. In the past two seasons, Cooks has 162 receptions for 2,311 yards with 17 TDs and a very healthy 14.3 average.
KEY PLAYER (Kansas City Chiefs): ALEX SMITH, QB
The 33-year old veteran has a lot to prove this season. Smith has had heartbreaking losses to the Steelers and the Patriots the last two postseasons. This offseason, the Chiefs selected Patrick Mahomes II in the first round of the draft. That may be a sign to Smith on what the future holds for Kansas City. He can prove a lot if he gets a valuable win in Foxboro. If he loses, Kansas City could be a few more losses away from the Mahomes Show.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
Kansas City Chiefs is 1-1 against the New England Patriots during Andy Reid‘s Tenure. But altogether he is 1-5 against the Pats dating back to his time in Philadelphia. In light of this record, it can be easily said that a win would be big for the Chiefs, in Foxboro, to start the season.
The Chiefs head into the game unsure at running back after the injury to Spencer Ware late in the preseason. This leaves the team with rookie Kareem Hunt and veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller. Hunt is listed at the top of the depth chart, so keep an eye on the young back during the game.
Kansas City will also have their hands full in the secondary. The defending champs traded for Brandin Cooks during the offseason and recently acquired Phillip Dorsett from Indianapolis. That is a set of serious speed which is accompanied by TEs Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Oh and let’s not forget, they also have a future HOF quarterback in Tom Brady.
Both defenses are well-manned and could be tough on both quarterbacks, and the game could be decided by turnovers or the play of special teams. Receiver Tyreek Hill will have his chance to make a bigger impact this season with an expanded offensive role. If the Chiefs can play their cards right, Hill may end up having a great day as field position may mean everything in this battle.
If the Chiefs want to win this game, they will need to play all phases of the game to perfection. This should be a terrific, physical game and could lack some offense.
Kansas City Chiefs- 20
New England Patriots- 24