Starting Off Strong
--The Patriots have won five of their last six regular-season openers, including four in a row dating back to 2004. They've also won six of the last seven times when opening the season at home, a streak that began in 1995 when New England beat Cleveland, 17-14, at Foxboro Stadium. The coach on the opposing sideline? Bill Belichick.
--The Patriots have not lost a season opener at home since 2000, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat them, 21-16. Coincidentally, that was Bill Belichick's first season as New England's head coach. The team started 0-4 and finished with a 5-11 record -- Belichick's only losing season with the Patriots.
Herm Knows His Way Around
--Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards is no stranger to New England or the Patriots. Prior to joining Kansas City in 2006, Edwards spent five years as the head coach of the New York Jets. Edwards finished just 2-8 against the Patriots during that span, but recorded a huge victory in 2002 when New York escaped Gillette with a 30-17 victory in the next-to-last game of the season, all but eliminating New England from the playoff race.
--New England's 41-38 overtime victory against the Chiefs on Sept. 22, 2002 still remains Tom Brady's best game as an NFL quarterback. On that day, Brady set career highs with 410 passing yards and 39 completions. Kansas City rallied to tie on two fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Priest Holmes before the Patriots won it on Adam Vinatieri's 35-yard field goal.
Another Record Winning Streak On The Line
--The Patriots have won 19 consecutive regular-season games dating back to a 40-7 win over the Houston Texans on Dec. 17, 2006. The regular-season winning streak is the longest in NFL history, eclipsing the Patriots' 18-game win streak from Oct. 5, 2003 to Oct. 24, 2004.
New England also holds the longest combined regular season and postseasonwinning streak in NFL history at 21. The streak encompasses the 18 regular games from 2003-04 and includes the Patriots three postseason victories from the 2003 season.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has more on the streak
Ironman's Streak In Question
--Tom Brady's streak of 127 consecutive starts is the third longest all-time and the third longest among active NFL quarterbacks behind New York's Brett Favre (275) and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (173). Brady has long since shattered the Patriots' record for consecutive games started by a quarterback. Steve Grogan held the former mark at a mere 78.
Closing In On A Teammates Record
--Keep an eye on Randy Moss this weekend. Last year in his Patriots debut, Moss set a team record for receiving yards in a season opener with 183 on nine catches against the Jets. Moss enters the 2008 season trailing Terrell Owens for third place on the all-time touchdown list with 124. Owens has 129. This year, both players will likely pass Cris Carter (Moss' old teammate in Minnesota), who is currently second on the list with 130, trailing Jerry Rice by 67 touchdowns.
BY THE NUMBERS: 22 -- Playoff games in which Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has played, tying Colts kicker and former Patriot Adam Vinatieri for the most among all active players.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "How amazing and physically talented the guy was to win the 100 (meters) like he did, now people have a problem with the way he celebrated -- and it's mainly the people that can't run." -- CB Ellis Hobbs, comparing Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt to the Patriots in terms of the criticism they both received this summer.