New England and Kansas City last met in the 2015 season's divisional round, with the Patriots earning a 27-20 victory.
The Patriots have yet to suffer a Super Bowl hangover in their return to the field. They're 4-0 so far in their last four season-openers following a title win:
|2002||Pittsburgh Steelers||Win, 30-14|
|2004||Indianapolis Colts||Win, 27-24|
|2005||Oakland Raiders||Win, 30-20|
|2015||Pittsburgh Steelers||Win, 28-21|
Most fans will expect New England to continue the trend.
The Patriots have been aggressive in attempting to capitalize on their current championship window. They traded for Dwayne Allen, Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks and signed Stephon Gilmore. New England also re-signed Dont'a Hightower.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, re-signed Eric Berry but have done little else to strengthen their roster. Granted, Kansas City is still relying on a core of players who have delivered back-to-back trips to the postseason.
New England and Kansas City's Week 1 clash will likely provide a barometer for the hierarchy in the AFC.
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