The Kansas City Chiefs, led by coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith, meet the defending NFL champion New England Patriots, led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in the season opener on Thursday, September 7, 2017 (9/7/17) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
NFL point spread: The Patriots opened as seven-point favorites; the total was 50 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report. The 2017 NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs traveling to Foxborough to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
The line opened at Patriots -7, meaning Vegas expects Tom Brady and company to win by a touchdown, but it’s since gone up to -8. That’s significant since almost 10 percent of NFL games end on seven.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
when: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: NFL Game Pass (subscription)
Line: Patriots -9
Why the Patriots can cover the spread
The Patriots survived Tom Brady’s four-game suspension and Rob Gronkowski’s injuries last season to finish 14-2 and win the AFC East for the eighth straight year. New England then drubbed Houston and the Steelers to win the AFC championship before rallying from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to defeat Atlanta in the Super Bowl 34-28 in overtime.
Entering this season the Patriots are +190 betting favorites to repeat as conference champs and +325 favorites to win the Super Bowl again.
New England outgained opponents last year by 50 yards per game and outrushed foes by a 117-89 margin. And numbers like that are conducive toward covering spreads, as evidenced by the Patriots’ 13-3 ATS mark of last year, the best in the league. New England also went 7-2 ATS when favored by more than a touchdown on the spread.