After all, the summer talk that compared and contrasted the 2017 Patriots to the 2007 team was silly, unless you're of the firm belief that New England's problems in winning the Super Bowl all boiled down to a Tyree miracle.
It was an impressive output by the Chiefs, who look like the favorites once again to repeat as division champions in the AFC West.
By the second half, that changed and Brady started to feel the pressure and was dropped three times in the fourth, including a late sack that nearly went for a safety after the Chiefs had really opened it up.
However, that did not stop the rookie from showing out. Hunt, a third-round pick out of Toledo, became the third player ever - the first since Marshall Faulk in 1994 with the Indianapolis Colts - to record 150 scrimmage yards and three scores in his debut.
Because Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt had a début for the ages. New England's defense was completely inept, getting carved up by fucking Alex Smith and a rookie running back. After a long off season of the Mahomes hype, Smith was prepared to shut it down.
Tom Brady didn't throw a touchdown in this game. Not bad for a game manager. In the first half, receivers covered by Peters were not targeted, leaving the coverage for Mitchell and Gaines.
Smith's quarterback rating is 148.6 after a stellar performance against the Patriots. On the Patriots first drive, Brady methodically marched down the field for a touchdown.
The Eagles, who have major questions marks at running back, will get a look at Hunt in Week 2 when they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.
After being limited to nine games as a junior, where he still gained 973 yards and scored 12 touchdowns, Hunt punctuated his career with a 1,475-yard, 10-touchdown season in 2016. After seeing how his preseason games went, I knew he was ready to play. The Chiefs fear his injury is serious. Tough first carry but he bounced back, and just played like he always has. Everything's about some other year but this year and this team. New England's defense gave up several big plays in the quarter.
He was asked what he felt the problem was in the game Thursday night.
Unsurprisingly, coach Bill Belichick was in no mood to do a play-by-play autopsy of what led to his team surrendering the most points allowed by the franchise since Bill Parcells' Patriots suffered a 45-7 loss to the Jets in 1993.