NFL 2017 Season Opener: Patriots vs Chiefs

    By Allie Shriver


    It is September, quite possibly our favorite month of the year – why? Because it’s officially football season! The season kicks off in just over 24 hours and we could not be more excited. Last year’s season took us on an emotional rollercoaster and Super Bowl LI was one for the history books. We cannot wait to see what this season has in store for us. The preseason has not been a disappointment and we’re sure to see more drama and injury throughout the season. What better way to start things off than with some predictions for the first game!

    Super Bowl Champions

    Can they do it again? That’s the number one question on everyone’s mind about the New England Patriots. It is certainly possible they could go all the way, but they aren’t the same team from February. While many will argue that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, he can’t carry this team alone. It is no secret one of their key players is out for the season; Julian Edelman suffered an ACL tear in the preseason. The Pats also lost LeGarrette Blount and Martellus Bennett, who were instrumental in their 14-2 season last year. That being said, they added key players Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, and Stephon Gilmore.

    The second biggest question on everyone’s mind – is Gronk healthy? If Rob Gronkowski comes back in the wake of Edelman’s absence, the Patriots could go all the way. He hasn’t played a full season since 2011 which is alarming but when he does play, it’s like magic. There is no denying the chemistry between Brady and Gronkowski is remarkable and if he plays, that chemistry could be lifesaving for the Patriots.

    AFC West Champions

    They may not have made it all the way, but the Kansas City Chiefs forged a deep path to the Super Bowl only to fall to the Steelers in the playoffs by two points. Their season ended with a 12-4 record and plenty of bragging rights. Much like Brady and Gronk, the chemistry between Alex Smith and Travis Kelce is undeniable, but Kelce has a calf injury that could prevent him from playing. This team will rely heavily on their defense to get the job done this season and for good reason, Coach Andy Reid has developed one heck of a defensive lineup. Eric Berry, Chris Jones, and Parker Ehinger all return this season which is vital for this team. Justin Houston and Allen Bailey have also returned and are at 100% and ready to prove they’re still key players.

    Our Pick

    It’s hard to make a decision here as these two haven’t opened the season against one another since 2008. A game most football fans remember well, as Tom Brady torn his ACL and ended his season. Brady is also on the cover of Madden which has been known to “jinx” a player or two in the past, even though he completely denies there is a jinx. Now, all of that aside, Brady has a 52-1 record at home against AFC teams since 2007. Famed coach Bill Belchick is 5-1 against Andy Reid and is still quite bitter about his 2004 41-14 loss. He’s looking to humiliate the Chiefs in any way possible tomorrow night.

    The Chiefs in our opinion will lose but they won’t go down without a fight. Look for some of the best football we’ve seen in recent years during this game. The Chiefs defense will be hard to get through and the offensive line will show up to block of Alex Smith. They have survived a brutal season of injury and are only going to get better this season. Eric Berry will make a splash and we can’t wait to see him light up the field.

    We have to go with the Patriots on this one but the score will be close, 31-27.

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 


    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.


    Evan Chronis

    Evan Chronis was born in Omaha, Nebraska but has made his home in south Charlotte for almost two decades. A Tar Heel born and bred, Evan received his B.A in Media and Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is an avid Boston sports fan thanks to his family’s New England roots, and a fanboy of Wes Anderson films.