Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/8/12

While preparing to write this article, the first thing I had to do was take a look at the Chiefs' schedule to begin my research. 

What game would I want to go to? What game will tell us how the Kansas City Chiefs are going to do this year?  

I expected to pick a game against the Broncos or the Raiders, but my eyes stopped right at the top of the schedule.

I knew what home game is the biggest for the Chiefs this year; that game would be their home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Atlanta Falcons have been high-flying the past couple of years with Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and two of the best receiving tandems in the game in Roddy White and Julio Jones. 

The Chiefs, on the other hand, have given us surprise seasons and huge disappointments the past couple of years. 

In 2010 the Chiefs made it to the AFC Wild Card Playoffs and got beat by the Baltimore Ravens. 

Last year the Chiefs were streaky; losing their first three games, winning the next four, losing the next four and then sputtering out the rest of the season, ending with a 7-9 record.

I have heard mixed reviews about the Chiefs by several of the experts; some feel they can win the division, while others feel they can't get it done this year.

I feel that it could go either way in that grinding AFC West division. The most important thing to do is win out of the gate. Two of the AFC foes play each other in Week 1; the Chargers head to Oakland, so that will guarantee a loss out of the gate for one of those teams.  

The Chiefs have Jamaal Charles back and a healthy Matt Cassel. They open the season against the Falcons who also enter 2012 with mixed reviews. Hoping to throw bombs all day to Jones and White, Matt Ryan is out to prove the haters wrong. He will have his work cut out for him by facing the Chiefs' pass defense that rankee 6th in 2011.

The Falcons also have one other weapon they are bringing along; tight end Tony Gonzalez who is one of the Chiefs' most beloved players ever.

Gonzalez has stated he is 90 percent sure this is his last season, it is fitting he gets to open his season at the place he made his name, the team colors he will wear when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

This in itself makes this a huge game, especially for the Chiefs fans.

Both of these teams have so much to prove and we have no idea how either team will end up this year. Barring any injuries, I feel both teams have a shot at making the playoffs this year.

Although this game isn't getting a lot of attention, it will be a weekend that the Chiefs fans will not soon forget.



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