Patriots-Chiefs expected to open season, Falcons at home on SNF

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The schedule for the 2017 season is set to be announced this week, which means that we will find out which team will be visiting Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots in the first game of the season.

The Falcons are on New England’s home schedule this year, but it doesn’t look like the NFL will opt for a second straight Super Bowl rematch on the first Thursday of the season. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that the opener will “almost certainly” involve the Chiefs coming to town.

The Chiefs went 12-4 last season and lost to the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs after winning the second seed in the conference as the AFC West champs. The Dolphins and Texans join the Falcons and Chiefs as the other 2016 playoff teams on the Patriots’ home slate, but it appears those games will also come later in the season.

The Falcons, per Volin, will likely be opening their new stadium on Sunday Night Football in Week One. The other three NFC South teams, Packers, Vikings, Bills, Dolphins and Cowboys are possible opponents.

81 responses to “Patriots-Chiefs expected to open season, Falcons at home on SNF

  1. If it’s the Packers, it would be the same two teams closing out a stadium and opening a new one.

  2. It’s a shame that the Patriots 1st round draft pick from 2016 and the Patriots 4th round draft pick from 2017 won’t be playing in that game.

    Science will always say that the PSI in the footballs dropped due to the cold/wet weather conditions. Unfortunately, even after Roger Goodell figured that out they decided to tell the “56 nfl deflategate lies”.

    For some reason the NFL still hasn’t issued a press release containing the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season. Yet the NFL still plans on stealing another Patriots draft pick. This time the NFL plans on taking the Patriots 2017 4th round draft pick.

    The NFL could still release that PSI information prior to the 2017 NFL Draft and then reinstate the Patriots 4th round draft pick. The NFL could then award the Patriots 2 draft additional draft picks to compensate them for deflatefarce.

    Fair compensation would be:
    • Reinstatement of the 2017 4th round draft pick.
    • Awarding a 1st round draft pick to make up for the stolen 2016 1st round draft pick.
    • An additional 1st or 2nd round draft pick as compensation for forcing Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.

  3. It’s not a bad idea to reward teams getting to the Super Bowl with a Sunday or Monday night game at home to start the season. As a Patriots fan, I’d prefer to get a warm weather team up here in cold weather.

  4. Of course the Pats are not going to open against the Falcons. Because then Roger would have to go to Foxboro, and he doesn’t want to go.

  5. Normally I’d say they were giving the Falcons a break as its traditional to have a Super Bowl rematch to open the season and that’s how they schedule it most years.

    But with the new stadium opening I can see why the let them have the home game instead of the usual SB loser punishment.

  6. The Falcons should protest if minisoda is scheduled for their new stadium opener. That is unless they don’t mind the smell of rotting Lutefisk lingering in their new digs for a year or two.

  7. BB using his mind control device again. The rest of the league thinks the Patriots cheat and never try to figure out how they win. Why they are smarter and ahead of everyone else. As long as they keep the shallow thinking that they are somehow cheating they will keep losing. Keep it up.

  8. seriously423 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 8:43 AM
    Goodell to Atlanta……….oh course

    —————–

    He should just get an apartment there at this point.

  9. Doesn’t seem right when there’s a SB rematch available.
    No doubt miami will dodge the December in Foxboro bullet once again but chipster will complain anyway.

  10. Wibb22 “Deflatriots”–What are you 8? Did you come up with that all by yourself?

    As for the matchup, I had a feeling they would hold off on Falcons-Pats until sometime in mid-November if I had to guess, most likely on Sunday Night. If Romo went to Houston, the Texans would have probably been the choice. Other than that, it was pretty much down to Cheifs, Dolphins, or Panthers. Carolina played last year on opening day and I think the NFL would prefer not to put divisional games for that Thursday opener, so KC it is. Dolphins-Pats seems like a Thursday Night game later in the year.

  11. We all know how this is going to end. Pats 42, Chiefs 10. But Alex Smith won’t have any turnovers.

  12. factpurveyor says:
    Apr 16, 2017 8:58 AM
    It’s a shame that the Patriots 1st round draft pick from 2016 and the Patriots 4th round draft pick from 2017 won’t be playing in that game.

    Science will always say that the PSI in the footballs dropped due to the cold/wet weather conditions. Unfortunately, even after Roger Goodell figured that out they decided to tell the “56 nfl deflategate lies”.

    For some reason the NFL still hasn’t issued a press release containing the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season. Yet the NFL still plans on stealing another Patriots draft pick. This time the NFL plans on taking the Patriots 2017 4th round draft pick.

    The NFL could still release that PSI information prior to the 2017 NFL Draft and then reinstate the Patriots 4th round draft pick. The NFL could then award the Patriots 2 draft additional draft picks to compensate them for deflatefarce.

    Fair compensation would be:
    • Reinstatement of the 2017 4th round draft pick.
    • Awarding a 1st round draft pick to make up for the stolen 2016 1st round draft pick.
    • An additional 1st or 2nd round draft pick as compensation for forcing Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    ——————–

    However much I agree with this (I very much do), it needs to be given a rest. Yes we know they got screwed. Yes we know the league was full of it. Yes we know the league is still full of it. We all know these things (even those that deny them) and beating this dead horse is not going to make us know it any more.

    This Pat fan is sick of hearing crying about Deflategate and am more than happy with watching Brady follow up watching his team go 3-1 while chilling on a beach in southern Italy with a supermodel by coming back to win a SB. And I am looking forward with good reason to hope for seeing another one. That’s the sort of stuff I would rather dwell on. As Belichick likes to say ‘we are moving on to…” so let’s.

  13. People complaining that it’s not a super bowl rematch: it is never a super bowl rematch. Last year was the first one I remember and it was a terrible idea. Why punish the nfc Champs by rubbing it in their face opening day?

  14. As a Chiefs fan, I’m liking the idea of them starting the season on TV in Foxboro. Andy and company have been slow starters the last couple of seasons. Nothing like a test against the reigning champs on a national stage in week one to provide early season motivation.

  15. The league went of its way to stick it to the Panthers last year, total BS that Atlanta doesn’t have to sit through the pomp and circumstance before taking the L this year.

  16. Bellichick will have everybody playing within 10 yards of the LOS and Alice won’t be able to do anything.

  17. Pats should be about -7. Chiefs fans can look on the bright side. They shouldn’t have the dreaded short week Thursday game. Unless they stick them in Dallas on Thanksgiving.

  18. Well the Chiefs will start the season at 0-1. They are not in the same league as the Pats. Not even close despite their nice 12-4 record from last season.

  19. And the back to back championships start here. We are all Patriots and today the Patriots are world champions. Get used to that.

  20. johnwaldron8 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 10:03 AM
    Andy Reid has already burned 2 timeouts.

    —————-

    This wins!!

  21. Whoever is playing the Pats, I don’t really care. I’m going to that game because my brother won a drawing. Good seats too. I haven’t been to a game in about 10 years. Way out of my financial area! If it’s KC, they have a good D, so it’ll be a test!

  22. As a chiefs fan from a schedule stand point this is awesome. You get your Thursday night game out of the way 1st thing and it’s on the road in another time zone. Reid will have all summer to prepare. We’re not supposed to win this game which means guess what chiefs will do what the always do in the regular season win when nobody expects or wants them to.

  23. igotgamenj says:
    Apr 16, 2017 12:20 PM
    Last time the Pats opened up against KC Tom Brady tore his ACL…

    ———————

    Last time the Chiefs beat the Patriots it was followed by a Patriot Super Bowl run.

  24. Chiefs won a number of games thanks to timely INT returns and punt returns for TD’s. They got exposed in the game against Pitt as a good team but not great.

    The GBLOAT (Greatest But Luckiest Of All Time) vs Captain Checkdown. May the run defense ever be in your favor.

  25. “However much I agree with this (I very much do), it needs to be given a rest. Yes we know they got screwed. Yes we know the league was full of it. Yes we know the league is still full of it. We all know these things (even those that deny them) and beating this dead horse is not going to make us know it any more.”

    The reason fans don’t want to “give this a rest” is because the NFL continues to stand by what they know is a lie. We know it’s a lie, they know it’s a lie, but they’ve sold the lie to millions of fans. We can’t just ignore the problem and hope it goes away because it won’t go away until the lie is acknowledged. We still have to put up with the constant idiocy of casual fans who think that it was proven that Tom Brady cheated, and these casual fans insert jokes and smears about the fact fairly regularly. If they would “give it a rest” maybe fans wouldn’t be still upset.

    I view the situation as being akin to a bullet wound. You can try to heal a person by sewing up the wound without removing the bullet, but it will continue to do damage. To fix the situation properly, the bullet has to be removed.

    I don’t think we’ll see a resolution until Goodell is out of office. But until then, Pats’ fans really don’t lose anything by standing by Brady.

  26. Everyone outside of the most ardent Chiefs fans, expect a ho-hum blow-out.
    I invite you non-believers to watch what a young hungry well-coached AFC West team can accomplish.
    My Chiefs are not the pushover organization, that your lying eyes or ears are telling you.
    You all are drinkers of The ESPN, FS1 lovefest of the so-called NFL elites.

  27. mrwalterisgod says:
    Apr 16, 2017 1:43 PM

    Chiefs won a number of games thanks to timely INT returns and punt returns for TD’s. They got exposed in the game against Pitt as a good team but not great.
    —————————————————————————————-
    Be prepared to eat those words, this season.
    There really is only ONE great NFL team, and unfortunately they reside in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
    Any given Sunday a team can rise and become great.

  28. Pats-Falcons would have been cool, but in a way I’m ok with it because one would expect the Falcons to win that game.

    Later in the season the grudge effect will be somewhat worn off.

  29. Almost everybody in the country would rather watch any other team on opening night than New England. That’s not a knock on the Patriots…it’s just that you don’t need to be Kreskin to know who’s going to win.

    Dallas @ Atlanta would be a better game.

  30. Haha, I love the haters. They all know the Pats are better than their team, they know Brady is better than their QB, they know Bekichick is better than their coach. It is humbling, and very few people, especially the boys who comment here, have the stones to admit it

  31. Getting really tired of these ‘great prime time matchups’

    NBC/FOX/Jim nantz
    is going to suck all the attention they can on games such as
    ‘2AFC POWERHOUSES GOING AT IT OPENING WEEK. THE CHIEFS ARE SUCH A GREAT TEAM AND WILL GIVE BRADY ALL HE CAN HANDLE. IS THIS AN UNBELEIVABLE MATCHUP OR WHAT.
    Or

    ‘THE AFCC REMATCH GAME, BUT ITS IN PITTSBURG CAN STEELERS AVENGE THEIR LOSS??!?’

    No

    Or
    ‘SULERBOWL REMATCH WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS PLAYING BRADY AGAIN — WILL THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO AVENGE TH SUPERBOWL? LETS SHOW 15 HIGHLIGHTS INCASE EVERYBODY MISSED THE LAST SUPERBOWL. CAN MATT RYAN BE ELITE and knock off Brady? DOES THIS WIN/LOSS mean anything?

    No

    3 wins again.

  32. “2 yard tom will love this!”

    Yeah, other than the entire NFL world saw Tom throw perfect 40 and 50 yard bombs throughout the playoffs and the Pats were #2 in the league of completions of 20+ yards in the air last season you might have something.

    Instead all you do is make yourself look foolish with that comment.

  33. whispersd says:
    Apr 16, 2017 1:47 PM
    “However much I agree with this (I very much do), it needs to be given a rest. Yes we know they got screwed. Yes we know the league was full of it. Yes we know the league is still full of it. We all know these things (even those that deny them) and beating this dead horse is not going to make us know it any more.”

    The reason fans don’t want to “give this a rest” is because the NFL continues to stand by what they know is a lie. We know it’s a lie, they know it’s a lie, but they’ve sold the lie to millions of fans. We can’t just ignore the problem and hope it goes away because it won’t go away until the lie is acknowledged. We still have to put up with the constant idiocy of casual fans who think that it was proven that Tom Brady cheated, and these casual fans insert jokes and smears about the fact fairly regularly. If they would “give it a rest” maybe fans wouldn’t be still upset.

    I view the situation as being akin to a bullet wound. You can try to heal a person by sewing up the wound without removing the bullet, but it will continue to do damage. To fix the situation properly, the bullet has to be removed.

    I don’t think we’ll see a resolution until Goodell is out of office. But until then, Pats’ fans really don’t lose anything by standing by Brady.

    —————–

    The hater comments won’t go away with Goodell, they won’t go away. These guys make deflategate cracks because it’s a handy excuse but even without it these guys would just make stuff up. They hurt so they can’t help themselves. They are so beneath the Patriots they celebrate any game the Patriots don’t win as a Superbow Victory. That’s all they have in life to hope for. They focus on the Patriots because no matter where else their team might win during the season that in the end the Patriots are the wall they can’t get over. Their inferiority complex is so great they will forever cling to that ‘NE isn’t that much better than us they cheat’ delusion because that’s easier to accept than the gap between their team and the Patriots. They are reduced to just hoping it will end at some point. Brady’s age has been the highlight of their lives and so the way he is hanging on plus how it appears the Pats will just keep winning anyhow is crushing. Their trolling is their tears. Just leave them be in their misery and enjoy all the great things being a Patriots fan brings to you. They can just be their own problem.

  34. Haha, I love the haters. They all know the Pats are better than their team, they know Brady is better than their QB, they know Bekichick is better than their coach. It is humbling, and very few people, especially the boys who comment here, have the stones to admit it
    ____________________________________
    Funny, Brady has a losing record against my team. We beat you twice two seasons ago (once in the AFC Championship game where Brady got Millerized) and won the SB. Really, we dont worry about you much.

  35. decapitateme says:
    Apr 16, 2017 6:26 PM
    … Really, we dont worry about you much.
    ============
    Liar. There is no team that worries you more than NE. And now you worry about OAK in addition to KC and even PIT., too. Non-playoff teams have a lot of things to worry about. No need to lie about it.

  36. Tammy “hair plugs and UGGS” Brady should have a contest with leflop James on whos hair plugs look more fake.

  37. This is a pretty good game to open the year. I like it. I think the Chiefs are coming and it’ll be fun to watch. Give KC a little love and let them be a part of opening the season.

    And it avoids the awkward moment of forcing the Falcons to watch as that banner is raised, reminding them of how that Super Bowl finished. Plenty of time to hype that rematch and put it on Sunday night.

    Go Patriots!

  38. Really, we dont worry about you much.


    You might not but your team sure does! 🙂 Thomas admitted those wussies were scared to play in Foxboro in the playoffs.

    Hilarious!

    🙂

  39. wib22 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 12:49 PM
    2 yard tom will love this!


    That’s 5 time Super Bowl Champion, the only man to ever win 5 at the position, winningest QB in history, 4 time Super Bowl MVP, 2 time league MVP, greatest QB in history 2 yard Tom to you.

    You WILL address the man properly boy!

    🙂

  40. 345snarkavenue says:
    Apr 16, 2017 8:29 PM
    TAINTED TITLES

    ———

    It’s comments like yours that make the Pats SB win even sweeter.

    So thanks!

    Preach!

    #AllHailTheWorldChampionPatriots
    #AllHailTheGOATQB
    #AllHailTheGOATHeadCoach
    #AllHailTheGOATTeam
    #AllHailTheGOATFans
    #BowDownToYourRulers
    #KissOurFullHandOfRings
    #PuckerUpButtercups

  41. jazzawakens says:
    Apr 16, 2017 9:25 AM
    seriously423 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 8:43 AM
    Goodell to Atlanta……….oh course

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    He should just get an apartment there at this point.

    42 4
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    We know he keeps a room in Mara’s house.

  42. decapitateme says:
    Apr 16, 2017 6:26 PM
    Haha, I love the haters. They all know the Pats are better than their team, they know Brady is better than their QB, they know Bekichick is better than their coach. It is humbling, and very few people, especially the boys who comment here, have the stones to admit it
    ____________________________________
    Funny, Brady has a losing record against my team. We beat you twice two seasons ago (once in the AFC Championship game where Brady got Millerized) and won the SB. Really, we dont worry about you much.

    ———————-

    Well no. You are like the Giants. Ya done good those couple times ya got there. But your problem is getting there in the first place.

  43. wib22 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 7:36 PM

    TAINTED TITLES
    ——————————————————
    Please …… enlighten the rest of us just how this last title was “tainted”????

    Where, exactly did the Patriots “cheat” THIS time?

    We’d all love to know

  44. Christ, this game sucks. Only massive injuries to New England can keep the pats from winning this game. Anyone think they forgot the beat down they got in 2014? Bill will show that tape 1000 times this summer. Drop 8 in coverage, they will run it down their throat. Come hard w pressure, the quick throws to e man, cooks and the backs will eat them alive…and then theirs Gronkowski. Healthy pats = not a chance in hell for the Chiefs.

  45. Please …… enlighten the rest of us just how this last title was “tainted”????

    Where, exactly did the Patriots “cheat” THIS time?

    We’d all love to know

    ****

    Deflated footballs, spycams, injury gate, jamming the lines with communications.

  46. lemmetalkwouldya says:
    Apr 16, 2017 10:07 PM
    wib22 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 7:36 PM

    TAINTED TITLES
    ——————————————————
    Please …… enlighten the rest of us just how this last title was “tainted”????

    Where, exactly did the Patriots “cheat” THIS time?

    We’d all love to know

    ——————-

    He doesnt like it hence its tainted. That reasoning served him well enough the first four so why not apply it to this one too?

  47. Poor poor Patriot Hater. 🙂 You really do think the weaklings you call your team deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as the 5 time World Champions. Hilarious!

    So deluded. So in denial. 🙂

    Tee hee 🙂

  48. decapitateme says:
    Apr 16, 2017 6:26 PM
    Haha, I love the haters. They all know the Pats are better than their team, they know Brady is better than their QB, they know Bekichick is better than their coach. It is humbling, and very few people, especially the boys who comment here, have the stones to admit it
    ____________________________________
    Funny, Brady has a losing record against my team. We beat you twice two seasons ago (once in the AFC Championship game where Brady got Millerized) and won the SB. Really, we dont worry about you much.
    ——————————————————————–
    How’d you enjoy that last SB appearance, although most would say you never showed up. Oh and how’d that playoff appearance go last year? Please stop already, you’re embarrassing yourself.

  49. Chiefs have everything to gain and nothing to lose in this game. Everyone expects them to lose, so if they do…even if they get blown out, that’s what everyone expects.
    BUT… if by some chance, they come out with a win, it will set them up nicely for the rest of the season.

    If you have to go to Foxboro, the first game of the season is the best time to do it. Would you rather go in December, needing to win to stay in the playoff hunt?

  50. babygaga19 says:
    Apr 16, 2017 12:46 PM
    Good game. I’ll watch. Brady v Smith? Check down Championship!

    ————

    Smith = Checkdown

    Brady = Check out my rings!

  51. jjackwagon says:
    Apr 17, 2017 11:16 AM
    Chiefs have everything to gain and nothing to lose in this game. Everyone expects them to lose, so if they do…even if they get blown out, that’s what everyone expects.
    BUT… if by some chance, they come out with a win, it will set them up nicely for the rest of the season.
    If you have to go to Foxboro, the first game of the season is the best time to do it. Would you rather go in December, needing to win to stay in the playoff hunt?

    —————-

    No… A loss for KC would probably mean the loss of a tie breaker for playoff positioning. It’s an important game for them, so they have a lot to lose. And… going to foxboro the night when they unveil the banner is about the worst possible time anyone could go there.

    It was mental in 2015.

  52. As a Falcon fan, I don’t care if we open in NE. However, if we win, the story line will be “you didn’t win the big one” so what’s the point. Meeting later on in the regular season would be a much greater game for the league. Also, starting off the season 0-1 doesn’t mean a thing. You still can make it to the SB.

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