The Patriots had their designs on an undefeated season ruined in a Super Bowl shocker that surely left them surly. Expect New England to tear into the 2008 season with a vengeance, possibly -- and almost impossibly -- better off than a year ago. A defense that was starting to creak has gotten younger, and the Pats plan to bring more balance to their lights-out offense.
QB Tom Brady says he's ready despite sitting out the preseason, but he may need time to get on the same page as his receivers and backs. The Chiefs see an opportunity to catch the Patriots before they round into top form -- and to unveil a new-look roster bolstered by arguably the league's best draft class.