Chiefs schedule 2017: Patriots are 7-point favorites in early line

This matchup pits the Super Bowl LI champions against a 2016 wild-card playoff team that was crippled by quarterback Derek Carr's broken leg in Week 15.

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will open the 2017 National Football League season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. The product on the field has been tough to watch at times, mostly because the teams are not getting enough time to rest and prepare.

The other anticipated highlight of the season will come on November 19, when the Patriots will travel to Mexico City's Azteca Stadium to face the Oakland Raiders, a 4:25 p.m. start.

The final month of the 2017 regular season for the Patriots is a Steelers sandwich with AFC East bread.

Seattle finished with 22.1 points per game to the Giants' 19.4 points per game and barely topped the Giants in time of possession, 29:36 to 28:19.

With a second high altitude game in the west one week after visiting Denver, the Patriots might opt to stay on the road instead of traveling back to New England again.

The Atlanta Falcons, beaten by New England in the Super Bowl in February, will have to wait until Week 7 for a shot at revenge when they visit the Patriots on October 22.

While gridiron has always been associated with America's Thanksgiving holiday, the NFL will celebrate Christmas with two Monday Night Football games on December 25. Games from Week 5 through 17 are subject to the league's flexible scheduling provisions. Atlanta has five prime-time games scheduled, the same number as New England.

As already announced, the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium on September 24 and the Miami Dolphins will face the New Orleans Saints a week later on October 1 at Wembley.

In primetime, the Packers will attempt to extinguish some of remaining stench from their blowout loss to Atlanta last January on Sunday Night Football and the Giants host the NFC North-contending Lions on Monday Night Football.

Houston has three straight home games, then a bye in October.

Week 4 (Oct. 2) Redskins, 7:30 p.m.

The Week 7 contest at Gillette Stadium will kickoff at 8:25 p.m., according to the Boston Herald. October 5 8:25 p.m.

All of the preseason games will be televised on WBZ-TV and a regional network.

  • Loretta Pittman