Patriots open 7-point favorites over Chiefs for Week 1

Devin McCourty

Shortly after the release of the 2017 National Football League schedule and the announcement that the Kansas City Chiefs will face off with the New England Patriots in the kickoff game, OddsShark released their odds for Week 1. The game will be the Patriots' third regular-season game played outside the United States. The very next week, they play on the road against the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football.

The team hosts a Super Bowl rematch against the Atlanta Falcons in prime time in Week 7, on October 22. Even a slight improvement in quarterback play could once again make the Broncos a legitimate AFC contender, and Denver is always a tough place to play for Brady and the Patriots. The Carolina Panthers are only two years removed from a Super Bowl run of their own, and should give the Patriots a good test to kick off the month of October.

The Patriots are on their bye week in Week 9, then start a tough stretch of five road games in six weeks, including a game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on November 19. The pressure is really on the Falcons because their game at New England marks the first of three consecutive road games. Both holiday games are slated to start at 1 p.m. October 5 8:25 p.m. October 15 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: New England at Oakland in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. October 22 8:30 p.m.

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Sunday, Dec. 3: at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Mexico City): 4:25 p.m.

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