Kansas City (12-4) at New England (14-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The hunter is NOW the hunted. A pair of playoff teams meet in Foxboro as New England gets their championship rings and other accolades before facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady and Alex Smith square off under the lights in western Massachusetts.

Including games that were played in Dallas when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and the Patriots played their home games in Fenway Park, Kansas City has a 17-13-3 lead in the series and have outscored New England 796-667. New England’s last win over the Chiefs in regular season play took place in Foxboro in 2011, as the Pats were 34-3 winners.

Their last regular season meeting took place in 2014 at Arrowhead and the Chiefs took Brady (14 of 25, 159 yards, TD, 2 interceptions) and the Pats to the woodshed, coming away 41-14 winners. In the week four contest on a Monday night in the Show-Me State, the Chiefs, who took advantage of three New England turnovers, led 17-0 at break and then went on to hold New England in check. Chiefs RB Knile Davis ran for 107 of his team’s 207 yards, while the Pats were held to 75 yards on the ground. Kansas City, also led by QB Alex Smith (248 yards, 20 of 26 with three TDs and no interceptions) in the win went 7 of 12 on third down conversions at Arrowhead and kept the ball for 36:27, while New England held the ball for 23:33 and went 2 for 9 on third downs.

The Patriots have won their past eight home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and 12 of their past 13 overall in Week 1.  Despite missing four games for his role in “Inflategate,” Brady passed for 28 touchdowns with two interceptions last year and led the NFL with a 14.0 touchdown/interception ratio, the highest single-season ratio in league history. Kansas City opened the 2016 season by overcoming a 21-point second-half deficit to defeat the Chargers 33-27 in overtime on Kickoff Weekend. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 85 catches in 2016.

New England’s favored by 9 in Foxboro in primetime and the over/under for the first game of the 2017 campaign is 48 1/2. The 48 1/2 makes sense. The 9? That’s a little on the high side, given that both teams were in the post-season last year. However, the Pats have the Lombardi and the Chiefs are looking to take it from them. Pats may not cover the 9 but they take the win at home.

Game Information

Injury Report

Kansas City
Doubtful: G Parker Ehinger (knee), LB Reggie Ragland (knee)
Questionable: S Ron Parker (ankle)

New England
Doubtful: DT Vincent Valentine (knee)
Questionable: DL Adam Butler (knee), DB Nate Ebner (shoulder), OT Cameron Fleming (ankle), LB Harvey Langi (concussion), WR Malcom Mitchell (knee), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

Referee: Bill Vinovich

Broadcast Information – 8:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya – Field reporter); Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli (Field reporter)

Weather: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and 66 degrees.

Broadcast Information courtesy NBC and the National Football League; Injury Report courtesy the National Football League; Odds courtesy Don Best and weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

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