Opening the season we're playing the Chiefs at home. Casual observers dismiss this game as a playoff team vs one of the AFC cellar teams. However, a closer look at this matchup makes it a lot closer than one might think.... For starters, Will Shields just retired and Casey Wiegmann is contemplating doing the same. Also, their RT is suspended for this game and I-65 is now a Texan. This will give us a great opportunity to break in our new improved d-line and see Amobi and Mario reek havoc on the Chiefs offense. On the defensive side of the ball, their best player, Jared Allen is suspended for this game. This is huge for us and will take a lot of pressure off our o-line for their first game together protecting Schaub. Not having Jared Allen on the Chiefs d-line will more than likely give Schaub the extra fraction of a second necessary to make the right read and deliver the ball. On special teams, we no longer have to worry about Dante Hall since he was traded to the Rams. This will definately help us win the battle of field position imo. This is the perfect first game for us this season. We wont be at our best because we'll still be getting used to all the new faces but the Chiefs are in such a turnover that even though we wont be at our best we should still be able to beat them barring any unforeseen injuries during preseason/tc. If/when we beat the Chiefs the national media will have to take notice of the fact that the Texans just beat a playoff team from the year before and aren't the laughing stock of the league anymore!!!