Kansas City Chiefs schedule 2015: Games I can’t wait to see

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Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) greets Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) following the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos (Home Opener)

Oh man, I was literally just talking about this on Tuesday. I was telling fellow coworker and the other non-Bronco lover, Vince, about how I would love to see the Chiefs open the season against Denver. While this game is not the start of the season, the home opener is almost better. I am looking forward to facing Denver early as this season in the AFC West could come down to these two teams.

I am curious as to what a new offense of Denver will look like against the Chiefs defense. If the Chiefs are able to improve the run defense, which looks likely with the return of Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito, they will have a realistic chance to stop Denver in their tracks. Also what will Peyton Manning look like? We know he was in major decline toward the end of last year; will those effects carry over? Will he be older-but-effective Manning or very-much-on-the-decline Manning?

The rivalry between the Chiefs and the Broncos has flourished in previous years, and networks have clearly profited from that, judging by the number of times Chiefs/Broncos games have been showcased in prime time. The rivalry should be at its strongest with the Chiefs fielding an improved team and the Broncos, an aging Manning. Expect the usually underwhelming Thursday Night Football game to be highly entertaining.

The Chiefs will need to assert their dominance, and this will be the perfect opportunity for that to happen. In the end, with the home opener against a rival, I feel the Chiefs will pull out the victory against the visiting Broncos, with help from Arrowhead’s finest, of course.

Final score: Chiefs 28, Broncos 25