The New England Patriots suffered a bad loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at home in Week 1. Unfortunately, the extra days off didn’t make it any better.
As the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots entered Week 1 as pretty large favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though the Chiefs were a playoff team last season, many believed that the Patriots were going to win this game rather easily.
To start the game, the Patriots looked like they were in midseason form. Their offense was clicking on all cylinders, and they had a chance to put the Chiefs away early after a turnover. However, the Patriots were never able to put their foot on the throats of the Chiefs, and Kansas City ended up going on quite the run to end the game.
While injuries to Dont’a Hightower and Danny Amendola during the game certainly played a part in the collapse, there were other reasons why the Patriots struggled. One of the reasons for the loss was because of the poor game from Tom Brady. As a favorite to win the MVP coming into the season, Brady looked very human against the Chiefs.
Since the game was on Thursday Night Football, the Patriots had a few extra days off heading into Week 2. After a bad loss, that is something that Brady certainly wasn’t happy about.
"“It’s probably easier when you’re getting right back to work,” Brady said Monday during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” program via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “It actually kind of sucked having three extra days to think about it and rewatch the game."
For Brady and the Patriots, the Week 1 loss could be a good thing. With a lot of talent on the team and as the defending champs, New England might have needed a wake-up call. After allowing 42 points, they certainly got one.
In Week 2, the Patriots will be moving on to New Orleans. While playing in New Orleans is never easy, the Patriots should be able to bounce back, especially on offense. The Saints once again likely won’t have a very good defense, and Brady will likely bounce back in a big way.