The NFL released the full schedule for the upcoming season. The 2017 opener will pit the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots against one another in an AFC tilt. The NFL Week 1 betting odds favor the Patriots by a TD. Kick-off is on Thursday, September 7th at 8:30 PM ET on NBC from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Kansas City Chiefs Vs New England Patriots Odds & Pick
What: Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) vs New England Patriots (0-0)
When: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Foxboro, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Spread: Patriots -7
Moneyline: Patriots -290
Game Total: 50
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Kansas City vs New England
Why Bet The Kansas City Chiefs To Beat The Patriots
Kansas City won the AFC West in 2016 going12-4 SU and 8-8 ATS. They were bounced from the playoffs in the AFC Divisional Round by the Steelers. The Chiefs averaged 24.2 points per game (13th) and allowed 19.4 points per game during the 2016 regular season.
The Chiefs had an uninspired passing offense last season. KC averaged a 19th ranked 233.8 passing yards per game. It’s now or never for QB Alex Smith in his fifth year with the team. Smith threw 3502 yards in 2016, the highest total of his career. His inability to score TDs is holding the team back. His 2016 15-8 TD to INT ratio puts Smith in the hot seat this season.
TE Travis Kelce is coming off a career year. He caught 85 passes for 1125 yards and four touchdowns. Smith’s inability to throw TDs is the only thing holding Kelce back from being in the same class as the Patriot’s Rob Gronkowski. WR Jeremy Maclin should have a better season this year after recording only 536 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. Second-year WR Tyreek Hill broke out last season with 593 yards and six touchdowns and is poised to become a star.
Kansas City’s running game will have to start anew without veteran RB Jamaal Charles. RB Spencer Ware led the team with 921 rushing yards and 3 TDs a year ago. He is currently the number one option. RB Charcandrick West will be the primary backup.
The Chiefs had the 24th-ranked total defense in the NFL last season. They lost DT Dontari Poe in the free agency. LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles) will need to push his rehab to be ready for the opening week.
Why Bet The New England Patriots To Beat The Chiefs
After their Super Bowl LI comeback, the Patriots are the favorite to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles for the first time since the 2003-04 season. They were the top seed in the AFC last season with a 14-2 and 13-3 ATS record. They averaged 27.4 points per game and allowed just 15.6 points each week (1st).
QB Tom Brady prepares for his 17th season after throwing 3554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 12 games last season. The Patriots offense was good last season, but this year it be electric. The Pats added top-tier WR Brandin Cooks (78 rec, 1173 yards, 8 TDs) and TE Dwayne Allen (35 rec, 406 yards, 6 TDs) as part of offseason upgrades. If Gronk can stay healthy, no defense in the league can stop Brady & co.
The Patriots rushing game will be co-led by the Super Bowl hero James White who signed an offseason deal. He had 14 receptions, 110 receiving yards and three touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Joining him will be dynamic rusher Dion Lewis.
New England’s total defense was ranked 8th last season. They lost DE Chris Long, LBs Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard and CB Logan Ryan in the free agency. But they did sign ex-Bills CB Stephon Gilmore to a massive contract.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- The Chiefs are 3-1 ATS in their last four regular season meetings against the Patriots
- The Patriots are 5-0 ATS in their last five games.
Kansas City Vs New England Expert ATS Pick
Unless the Chiefs miraculously sign the newly minted CBS NFL personality and former Cowboy Tony Romo, the Patiorts are going to roll.
Bet Patriots to win and cover the spread.