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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs shake hands after the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 27-20. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Patriots’ keys to victory over the Chiefs

New England wants to put pressure on KC’s game-manager QB, Alex Smith.

New England Patriots running back James White (28), and running back Brandon Bolden (38) celebrate with teammate Rex Burkhead (34) after Burkhead's touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Better, worse, or the same? A position-by-position look at the Patriots’ roster

A breakdown of the Patriots’ 2017 roster and grades of how personnel changed from last season.

8.3.3630022978_Sports_Patriots The four Super Bowl banners are displayed next to the covered fifth banner at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. The fifth banner will be unveiled prior to the kickoff of the game between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 7. (Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe)

Though details vague, Thursday’s festivities at Gillette Stadium will be super

Before the Patriots kick off the 2017 season, they get to put the finishing touch on last season’s title with a banner ceremony.

Houston, TX Feb. 5 2017: As confetti falls around him, Patriots quartetrback Tom Brady howls as he hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy following New England's come from behind victory. The Atlanta Falcons play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb 5. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) reporter: various topic: Super Bowl

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The Patriots’ main rival in 2017 is their own glorious past

The team is chasing history while everyone else in the NFL is chasing them.

NBC Sunday Night Football cast member Cris Collinsworth sits on the set during pregame of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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Cris Collinsworth’s focus has never been better

The NBC analyst found the data provided by Pro Football Focus so valuable to his job, he invested in the company.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks speaks to Richard Sherman #25 in the second quarter of the home opening NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


A team-by-team look at the NFC

How the conference is shaping up this season, with starting lineups on offense and defense.

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) rolls out against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Raiders are no longer mired in mediocrity thanks to quarterback Derek Carr, who has newfound security in both a shiny $125 million contract and in unretired running back Marshawn Lynch with him in the backfield.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)


A team-by-team look at the AFC

How the conference is shaping up this season, with starting lineups on offense and defense.

Foxborough, MA 01/22/17: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12,left) and wide receiver Chris Hogan (15,right) celebrate together after they hooked up on a second quarter 34 yard touchdown pass on a flea flicker play. The England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2017 (Jim Davis/Globe Staff


Will the Patriots be a good bet for gamblers this season?

They were a ridiculous 16-3 vs. the spread in 2016, but they will be giving a lot of points this year.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright catches a ball during an NFL football training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Searching for an unsung hero for your fantasy roster

The key to a big season could be finding a sleeper or two for your team; here are some possibilities.

James White and the Patriots won Super Bowl LI in Houston.

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It’s unanimous: Patriots the pick to win it all

The Globe’s Patriots reporters and editors often disagree when it comes to predictions — but not this time.