After an offseason in which general manager Scott Pioli seemed to have done all the right things, the Chiefs enter Week 1 with more questions than desired. The Falcons coming to town does nothing to help finding answers either.
Kansas City's defense is far from playing at full strength. Tamba Hali is suspended for the opener after violating the league's substance abuse policy and other key players on defense (Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers and Kendrick Lewis) are hobbled.
However, nothing in the NFL is a guarantee. While the Chiefs may be on the south side of the betting line, they are a very talented team in their own right and would do well to simply stick to their game plan.
Here are five keys for the Chiefs against the Falcons.