Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt Owns And Embarrasses Patriots On Opening Night

Bryan Brandom
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The first play in the NFL career of Kareem Hunt couldn’t have gone any worse.

After his Kansas City Chiefs surrendered a touchdown to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on their first drive of the season, KC opened their offensive season with a handoff to the rookie—who promptly fumbled the opportunity away.

But Chiefs head coach Andy Reid went right back to him on the first play of their next drive, and Hunt rewarded his coach with a nine-yard gain—the first of many, many yards en route to a 42-27 victory.

Hunt ran (and caught) wild against the Patriots defense, amassing 148 yards on the ground and another 98 in the air to go with three touchdowns.

As you can see in that third video, Reid ran something like a college spread offense for much of the game, and the Patriots could not handle it. Quarterback Alex Smith had the option to pitch to tight end Travis Kelce or keep the ball on that play, before recognizing Hunt had the best chance to score.

“To start on your first carry like that and have it go like that, it would be hard to overcome for a lot of guys,” Smith said of the starting running back. “I thought it was awesome coach coming right back to him.

Smith was on point all night, hitting Tyreek Hill in stride for a beautiful 78-yard score.

Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards, four TDs, and no picks.

His counterpart Brady, on the other hand, had a dreadful night.

The Patriots QB completed just 16 of his 36 passes. The Patriots didn’t score in the fourth quarter, turning the ball over on downs once and punting three times as the Chiefs hung 21 points in the final period.

“I just think we need to have more urgency and go out there and perform a lot better,” Brady said. “It’s a winning attitude, a championship attitude you have to bring every day. We had it handed to us on our own field.”

It was one of the worst defensive showings in head coach Bill Belichick’s tenure with the Patriots.

Maybe we should have listened to Maurice Jones-Drew.

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