On the other side of the field, it's unlikely the Chiefs have enough offensive firepower to turn this thing into a shootout.
New England had so many banners already hanging at their Gillette Stadium that construction workers had to lift a huge sign to fit in yet another.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, who has listed this year's team as 275 to win the Super Bowl, was the one sportsbook that said it would favor the 2017 team (by 3.5 points).
After going 1-3 in the preseason, New England will try to remain ideal on opening nights following a championship, having previously gone 4-0 on "banner nights". Right now, Kansas City's Kareem Hunt is the favorite at 6-1. Anything less than the first pick in the draft will be a failure, although if any team can fail at failing, it would be the Jets. Coming from New Orleans via a trade, Cooks will be a legitimate deep threat for the offense of the Patriots. Those two will determine whether or not Kansas City will get anything going on the ground.
Malcolm Butler could draw the Hill matchup.
2017 NFL season starts on Thursday – Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Butler will be shadowing arguably the breakout player of the 2016 season. Kelce caught 85 passes for 1,125 yards and 4 touchdowns. The victor of that battle can have serious stakes on the outcome of the game. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks has enhanced the offensive attacks of the Patriots with or without Edelman. But, Kansas City's defense is not short of playmakers of its own. Amendola showed he could play especially when the game is on the line. He proved that in the team's games against the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers with his game changing pick-sixes. And they came close too; much, much, much closer than their previous encounter, as a matter fact.
"The NFL and NFLPA have conducted comprehensive evaluations of the Concussion Protocol as it applied to Tom Brady during the 2016-17 season", NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement released by the league.
So what will NBC, which pays approximately $45 million per game to broadcast and live stream NFL Thursday Nighy Football, do about the towels which risk offending their business partner, the NFL and its chief, Goodell? The final bet here is the Kansas City Chiefs +8.5 over the New England Patriots.
The boxing adage says styles make fights, and if any heavyweight match up fits that adage in today's National Football League, it's the defensive mind of the Patriots' Bill Belichick versus the offensive creativity of the Chiefs' Andy Reid.
Last year, the Chiefs were the AFC West Champions, and they will be looking to defend their crown out West. In terms of Rushing NEP per play, there was no one better than Gillislee past year as he ranked as the league's top running back (0.30), per our metrics.