Yet Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard felt compelled to remind his teammates Thursday that the mere act of finally playing at home guarantees nothing this week against the Minnesota Vikings.
"We're not going to beat the Vikings just because we're the Chiefs and we're playing in Arrowhead in our home opener," Huard noted.
You would think that would be obvious, and intrinsically, the Chiefs know this to be the case.
Still, with all the prevalent talk about Kansas City's 13-5 record in home openers in the Carl Peterson era (1989 to present), and reminders that the Chiefs are 20-4 against NFC opponents at home since the league expansion in 1995, sometimes a reminder is necessary that past performance is no predictor of future success.
"The home opener makes the guys selling fireworks happy because most teams shoot fireworks for the opener," mused coach Herm Edwards. "And the planes fly over and everyone's excited. The players are happy to be home, the band plays better, the cheerleaders have new uniforms. New balloons.
"All of that opening day stuff is good, but you've still got to win," Edwards added, finally coming to his point. "We lost last year's opener (against Cincinnati), and lost our quarterback, so that wasn't a lot of fun. The crowd will help us, no doubt, but their emotion won't win the game. It will last about two minutes, then you gotta go play the other 58 minutes.
"But, if can hold that electricity the whole way, it's an advantage. But we have to hold their attention."