Mike Nolan's Defense Will Present Multiple Challenges For Chiefs Offense

During a season in which first place and last place in the AFC West could be separated by a matter of a few games, the Kansas City Chiefs open with a tough first test against the Atlanta Falcons, a team many are predicting to make the playoffs and even win the NFC South.

Not many know better about the potential problems the Falcons' defense can bring opposing teams than Chiefs' offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Daboll said Friday he worked with Falcons' head coach Mike Nolan last year, adding that Nolan's defenses require extra effort to plan against.

"He has multiple, multiple schemes. It's been a grind these past 10 days here," Daboll said. "Anytime you play the first game of the season, there is a little bit of the unexpected. You prepare hard."

The good news for the Chiefs is they should have a healthy Jamaal Charles and an up-to-speed Dwayne Bowe to deploy against the Falcons' defense.

Kansas City heads in to Sunday's game as a 3-point home underdog. Kickoff from Arrowhead Stadium is scheduled for Sunday Noon CT.

Read more on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Pride and SB Nation Kansas City. Head over to our NFL hub page for additional news and analysis around the league.

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