ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes away from Curtis Lofton #50 and Stephen Nicholas #54 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Two teams with high aspirations for 2012 face off in Week 1 as the Atlanta Falcons visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The Chiefs suffered a string of injuries to key personnel early in the 2011 season, losing running back Jamaal Charles for the season after tearing an ACL in Week 2 and emerging tight end Tony Moeaki, who never played a meaningful down last season after a knee injury from the preseason required surgery.
Kansas City, with head coach Romeo Crennel resuming his interim position of last year, also added tight end Kevin Boss and disgruntled former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, along with re-signing top wideout Dwayne Bowe to give quarterback Matt Cassel plenty of weaponry around him.
The Falcons come into 2012 with high expectations. After making the NFC Playoffs as a Wild Card team last season at 10-6, they were wiped out by the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, 24-2. Receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White make up one of the most explosive duos in the league, and quarterback Matt Ryan has had MVP whispers floating around him this preseason.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium. Current odds have Atlanta favored by 1 point, and the game will be televised on Fox.