By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Kansas City Chiefs were almost guaranteed to lose their season-opener. They traveled to Gillette Stadium on the night the New England Patriots showcased their fifth Super Bowl win under head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
This is why the games are not won on paper, but on the field. The Chiefs rolled over the Patriots 42-27 on Thursday night on NBC.
The best highlight of the game for the Patriots were seeing the banner go up. The 42-points are the most points allowed by the Patriots since they hired Belichick.
Their defense was scorched by the Chiefs, especially rookie Kareem Hunt, who was making his debut for the team.
He had a 148 rushing yards and a touchdown. Hunt also had five receptions for 98 yards and two more touchdowns.
Hunt has the most scrimmage yards ever by a player in their debut since the 1970 NFL merger. He had 239 yards overall.
He became the starter when Spencer Ware was lost in a preseason game with a season-ending injury. The coaching staff elected to go with Hint over Charcandrick West, who also had a touchdown.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went 28 of 35 for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a seven-yard touchdown to Demetrius Harris.
Tyreek Hill also caught a 75-yard deep ball.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 16 of 36 for 267 yards. He had limited options to throw to with Malcom Mitchell and Julian Edelman already on injured reserve.
Danny Amendola was lost in the fourth quarter to a concussion. It’s his third known concussion in his career.
Mike Gillislee, who joined the team in the off-season, had 15 carries for 45 yards. He also had three touchdowns.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski also made two field goals.