It will be 6,819 days since Patriots were this big an underdog


So much history is being made every week these days. So why not one more item involving the Patriots' game against the Chiefs Monday night.

The impetus for the jump in the point spread is, of course, Brian Hoyer getting the start at quarterback in place of Newton against the 3-0 Chiefs.

It is just the third time since that Super Bowl victory the Patriots have been underdogs by seven points or more. The other two times came in 2006 opener at Arizona when Jimmy Garoppolo started in the place of Tom Brady -- (The Pats not only covered the 8.5-point spread but won the game outright) -- and Week 17 in 2009 at Houston, a meaningless game heading into the postseason.

The Patriots have had 11 games under Bill Belichick in which they have been underdogs by seven or more points, with eight of them coming in the coach's first two seasons.

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