Chiefs vs. Patriots to Open 2017 NFL Regular Season Schedule in Foxborough

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 27-20.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots will open their 2017 title defense at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL announced Thursday. The teams will face off Thursday, Sept. 9.

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:

2002Pittsburgh SteelersWin, 30-14
2004Indianapolis ColtsWin, 27-24
2005Oakland RaidersWin, 30-20
2015Pittsburgh SteelersWin, 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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