New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

Pats Look To Start New Streak Against Chiefs

After failing to finish off an undefeated season and getting upset in Super Bowl 42, the New England Patriots look to start a new streak as they open the 2008 campaign against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won their first 18 games of the season before a 17-14 loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady set an NFL single-season record with 50 touchdown passes, with Randy Moss on the receiving end of those scores a record 23 times. The Pats put up 589 points during a 16-and-0 regular season and will once again be considered the team to beat in the AFC.

The Chiefs are at the other end of the spectrum, having tied for the second-worst record in the conference at 4-and-12 a year ago. After Trent Green was traded to the Dolphins, Brodie Croyle took over for Damon Huard under center in mid-season. Meanwhile, All-Pro running back Larry Johnson was limited to just 559 yards and three touchdowns while missing eight games with a foot injury. KC also traded sack leader Jared Allen for draft picks in an effort to accelerate the rebuilding process.

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