At first glance, this game looks as obvious a pick as against the Dolphins, but it isn’t going to be a cakewalk. First off, Arrowhead stadium is a very hostile environment to play in. Being the first game of the season, I would expect the Chief’s fans to be even more revved up than any other game.
The next thing to think about is the Chiefs will be getting their top running back, Jamaal Charles, back from a year off of injury. Many forget how much of a game changer Charles really is. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 2010. With this being said, he is still coming off an injury, and could potentially have rust to shake off, which is only good for the Falcons.
Another thing to consider is the great off season the Chiefs had. The Chiefs made some great acquisitions. My favorite is RB Peyton Hillis. Hillis will take a lot of pressure off of Charles to produce immediately, and it will Charles to ease back into the game. I feel they had a good draft, by improving their front line of defense with Dontari Poe, and picking up some O-Line help with Jeff Allen. To further improve the O-Line, they added RT Eric Winston, and picked up a very solid TE in Kevin Boss.
With all this being said, the Falcons are still the overall better team. I feel this year the Falcon’s drive to win will be higher than ever, after a poor outing in the playoffs that we’d all like to forget. This is may be Tony Gonzalez’s last season, and I feel they will make it count. In order to make it count, they have to take a game-by-game approach.
Like I said, this won’t be an easy game and I feel it will show. I predict there to be a low scoring first half. At the end of the first quarter, the score will be; Falcons: 7, Chiefs: 3. Both teams are trying to shake off that rust, and by the end of the first half, they will have gotten back into the full stride. Falcons:14, Chiefs:10. The second half becomes a true battle in the trenches, with the third ending in a Falcons: 17, Chiefs: 17 score. Who will grind out the win? The Falcons push a late drive into the endzone to make the final score; Falcons: 24, Chiefs: 17.
I would have predicted a little more of a blowout if it wasn’t the first game of the season. It will be evident that both teams will have rust to shake off, and it becomes more of a battle of the defenses. Nonetheless, the Falcons take the Win, and start off 1-0.
Stay tuned for more predictions. You will be seeing them leading up to the season. Unil next time folks, Cam is signing off!