This applies to every football game at every level, but the opening few possessions have been especially important for the Patriots and Chiefs this season. Kansas City has outscored opponents 59-9 in the first quarter. The Chiefs' first three possessions of each game have yielded the following cumulative results: Nine touchdowns, three punts, two field goals and one interception. They're always playing from ahead.
The Patriots, meanwhile, dug deep holes in their losses to the Jaguars and Lions. Jacksonville scored touchdowns on each of its first two possessions, while Detroit went field goal-touchdown-field goal to open its Week 3 victory.