This one gets the benefit of the doubt just because it’s always a good idea to make a statement to start off the season. When the Dirty Birds come a-knockin’ in KC, this game will hinge on Atlanta’s vicious air attack versus potentially the top young secondary in the league.
Shutting down Matty Ice, Roddy White and Julio Jones is a tall order, considering Atlanta was the eighth-best passing team in 2011. It will be quite the test for Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis as they return from injuries, and the chemistry between new corner partners Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt will undergo a trial by fire.
If, however, the talented secondary players can cover Atlanta’s superweapons and keep the Falcons from finding the promised land, the offense will have much less pressure to get the pigskin in the paint themselves. This is an optimal situation for a unit under a new coordinator, as the Chiefs have Brian Daboll still getting his feet wet in Red and Gold.
If the Chiefs’ promising defense can bring the Birds back to earth, it will go a long way to establishing the unit’s confidence the rest of 2012.
Oh, and some guy named Tony is coming back to Arrowhead.