Can the Kansas City Chiefs win their home opener?

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Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson (61) lines up across from Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 29-16. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

When the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs schedule was released, there were several key games that stuck deep in the minds of Chiefs fans. Games like the Monday Night Football contest against the Green Bay Packers, on the 50th-year anniversary of the Super Bowl. Traveling to face the Minnesota Vikings in October, to have a rematch of Super Bowl IV, the Chiefs’ only Super Bowl victory.

With all the games scheduled for 2015, the one I find the most interesting comes early in Kansas City’s season. It is the second affair, the home-opener against our AFC West rival, the Denver Broncos.

Kansas City has faced Denver eight times in the Peyton Manning era, and are yet to win.

So why this game, though, and not their season start game at Houston Texans? Realistically, the Chiefs should be able to win that first game without too much challenge. Houston’s defense is tough, but its offense is lacking a consistent starting quarterback and may not amount to much in terms of scoring. If Kansas City can control the clock and more importantly control J.J. Watt, this should be a winnable game.

Denver, on the other hand, is a tough opponent and one that has had the Chiefs number since Manning came on board. No matter how well Kansas City plays, the Broncos always leave the game on top. For Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, starting the year off successfully begins at home, Thursday night, in front of the home crowd pumped up to see their men in red.

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