From the FanPosts. Great point about the start to the season. -Joel
A major accomplishment of the Kansas City Chiefs 2010 season was the development of a winning atmosphere. Many national media people would say that the Chiefs aren't as good yet as their record and division title shows, but they did find a way to win those 10 games after winning that many in the previous three seasons combined. The coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for good game planning and using their talent in the most effecient way.
The most important game in the first half of the 2011 season may be the Week 3 Chiefs at Chargers game. Buffalo and Detroit may be tough games as both teams seem to be improving, but a 2-0 start for the Chiefs is not unlikely if they play their best football. Losing either of those two games could really hurt considering their tough schedule - those two need to be wins. Week 3 could bring about a major momentum boost if the Chiefs are able to upset the Chargers in week 3. If I could look ahead and know that the Chiefs win in week 3, I would guess that in the first quarter they're 4-0, with a win in San Diego giving them enough confidence to beat the Vikings at Arrowhead.
To win at San Diego, where they got embarassed last year, it may take creative game planning on the part of the coaching staff. I wouldn't be surprised if Haley tooks some risks in that game to give the Chiefs a leg up. I didn't agree with the onside kick against Indianapolis last year, and it hurt the Chiefs a lot in that game, but Haley may take calculated risks like that to beat the Chargers. Winning the turnover battle wouldn't hurt either.
With such a tough schedule toward the end of the season, it woud be very significant for the Chiefs to win their first very tough game on the schedule. They need to know that if they play their best football they can beat teams that are better than them on paper. That would help promote a winning atmosphere later in the season to make it out of the brutal five-game stretch still contending for a playoff spot.