Kansas City Chiefs schedule: Five most important games

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Week 2: Denver Broncos

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) and tight end Virgil Green (85) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The term “early statement game” was made for this contest. The Chiefs have to beat the Broncos at some point in time. They can talk about being on Denver’s level, but are not truly there until they finally go out and beat the heck out of the Broncos. What better time than in your home opener in front of a national gathering?

Kansas City has a terrific roster and should be amped through the roof for this game. Denver will still be getting used to the new schemes of Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips, so there is something of an advantage there. Finally, the Broncos have absolutely no defensive line, a problem Andy Reid and Jamaal Charles must enjoy.

This might be in Week 2, but it means so much mentally. A loss, and the Chiefs likely feel like the little brother again. A win, and Kansas City gets a massive boost of confidence, believing they are the new boss in town. Additioally, this is a home game. True contenders win their home games.

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