Are the Kansas City Chiefs a new and improved Chiefs, or were they simply the beneficiaries of good fortune in beating the reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the inaugural game of the 2017 – 2018 NFL season?
Those who missed the second half will require some convincing by those who saw the whole game, but those who stuck around for the second half saw a reversal of dramatic proportions very similar to that in last season’s Super Bowl, when the Patriots staged a furious comeback in the final quarter of the game to send it into extra-time and win in a thriller that ranks amongst the top three in the history of the league.
The final score of 42 – 27 in favour of the Chiefs has the people who are still in Kansas (actually, Kansas City is partially in the state of Missouri, go figure) is off to a raging start, having won a game that they would have had to enter with realisticexpectations only of not being embarrassed by the Patriots.
The first week of the new season concludes later today, as the NFL was either the pioneer or the adopter of a schedule that spreads games across the week. They now play on Thursdays, Mondays and Sunday and it almost requires a spreadsheet to figure out a way to match a personal schedule to the NFL schedule. It is as though the NFL woke up one morning and thought, “MLB plays every day of the week, why shouldn’t we?”
Week one concludes with the double header Monday night games.
The first will be Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. That game will be followed by the Los Angeles (nee Sand Diego) Chargers playing the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, for those of you who do not mind staying up past your bedtimes.