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.