Chiefs offense headlines AFC, but Brady’s Patriots still linger



September 4, 2019 - 10:18 AM

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates during the post-game ceremony for Super Bowl LI after the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime on Feb. 5, 2017. ANTHONY BEHAR/SIPA USA/TNS

After an offseason filled with stories you couldn’t dream up — Robert Kraft’s prostitution charge at a Florida massage parlor and Antonio Brown’s frostbitten feet and great helmet showdown with the league — the NFL turns the attention where it likes it, back to the field with the Bears and Packers kicking off the 100th season Thursday at Soldier Field.

Storylines abound and none is greater than Kraft’s Patriots, who are once again defending a Super Bowl title as the greatest dynasty in league history rolls on. The Patriots have posted 18 consecutive winning seasons, won the AFC East 10 straight years and have appeared in the last eight AFC title games.

Behind 42-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots will be gunning for their seventh Lombardi Trophy. It remains to be seen if Kraft will be punished by the league for the massage parlor sting, but that should not affect what happens on the field where the Patriots have to adjust to life without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired.

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