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The Chiefs’ offense also hinges on Brian Daboll, who was hired this offseason to replace the retired Bill Muir as offensive coordinator. Daboll earned Crennel’s respect during their time with the New England Patriots, but Daboll doesn’t come to Kansas City with a killer resume running NFL offenses. The Dolphins ranked 22nd in the league in 2011, while his two seasons in Cleveland ended with rankings of 29th (2010) and dead last (2009).

Of course, Daboll has more talent to work with these days, inheriting an offense that includes wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, running back Jamaal Charles and emerging tight end Tony Moeaki.

Both Charles and Moeaki are coming back from serious knee injuries, but the Chiefs can’t hope for 10 wins until their top performers get all the way back. The Chiefs have the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers on the schedule in the first month of the regular season, four teams capable of turning games into a shootout.

Kauffman Stadium isn’t the only stop for Kansas City-bound sports fans this week.

Include Kauffman’s next door neighbor, Arrowhead Stadium, in your 2012 All-Star Game festivities. With football season fast approaching, fans attending any of the events at the Truman Sports Complex are invited to visit the Chiefs Pro shop or take a tour of Arrowhead.

Fans and visitors should anticipate heavier traffic on July 9th and July 10th in the areas surrounding the Truman Sports Complex. Please be advised that the complex will have limited access starting on July 7th. Parking fees for the All-Star festivities begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 8th and 9 a.m. on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th.

Week 6: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chiefs have an upper hand in this one. Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been pretty poor in their performance for the last few seasons. Last season, Buccaneers fished 4-12 and things are not looking brighter this season as well.

Chiefs have an edge in every aspect against Buccaneers. They have strengthened the roster with good players.

Chiefs should be careful against Buccaneers, though, as they have a new coach and a lot of new players in the squad, which can surprise many teams in the league.

Head-to-Head

Buccaneers and Chiefs have played 10 games against each other. Both have won five games each.

The Broncos simply don’t have a ton of playmakers around Manning. Does anyone really expect Willis McGahee to have another year like he did in 2011? The offensive line is good but certainly not a top tier unit, leaving Manning open to taking some punishment. No matter how good one player is, he’s not going to fix all your issues.

Everyone seems to point out how the Indianapolis Colts went 2-14 after making the playoffs with Manning the year before. That’s fair but consider this, that was an aging team most people thought needed to be rebuilt even with Manning. The Colts wouldn’t have started 0-13 with their future hall-of-fame quarterback at the helm, but they likely would’ve struggled anyway.

Prediction: 10-6

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