The Kansas City Chiefs have history stacked against them in the kickoff to the NFL season at Gillette Stadium tonight. The New England Patriots have never lost a season opener after winning a Superbowl. Overall, Tom Brady is 12 and 2 on the first game of the season and 8 and 0 when starting at Gillette.

But Blair Kerkhoff, a Sports columnist with the Kansas City Star, says the Chiefs are no push-overs. Kerkhoff says a lot of key players the Chiefs lost last season to injury are rehabbed and healthy. He expects the Chiefs to be a playoff contender. And they're also motivated by opening the season against the reigning champions, hoping to upset one of the best dynasties in professional sports.

One thing everyone will be watching is the return of 40-year-old Tom Brady, coming off the greatest comeback of his career. But fans will remember, it was the Kansas City Chiefs who sidelined Brady for the entirety of the 2010 season.

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