Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs on his way to scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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RB Kareem Hunt leaves his mark in his NFL debut as the Kansas City Chiefs upset the New England Patriots 42-27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The 22-year old rookie out of Toledo, who moved to the top of the depth chart due to RB Spencer Ware’s season-ending knee injury during a preseason game, lost a fumble on his first carry – something that never happened to him on college level – but bounced back in style.
Kareem Hunt rushed 17 times for 148 yards and 1 touchdown, averaging 8.7 yards per carry. He also caught 5 passes for 98 yards and scored two additional touchdowns. With 246 combined yards Kareem Hunt set a new NFL record for a player in his professional debut.
To make matters worse for the Patriots, Kansas City’s Alex Smith became the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards, 4 touchdowns and no interception against Bill Bellichick. New England never allowed 42 points since Bill Bellichik became their head coach in 2000.
LB Justin Huston got to QB Tom Brady twice to record his first two sacks of the season.
SS Eric Berry, who made TE Rob Gronkowski look like a bystander all night long, left the game in the fourth quarter and could miss the rest of the season if the injury turns out to be a torn Achilles’ tendon.
New England’s woes at the wide receiver position continue as Danny Amendola has been diagnosed with a concussion and, due to his history of concussions, could miss the game in week 2 at the New Orleans Saints.