If the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos stumble, as many football experts expect them to do with their many off-season personnel issues, most figure the Kansas City Chiefs are the team with the best chance to pick up the ball and run with it in the AFC West. The Chiefs, who last won the division title in 2010 and have reigned over the AFC West just twice since 1998, finished with a flurry in 2015, winning 11 straight game before falling to the New England Patriots in the second round of the AFC playoffs.
It’s expected that the Chiefs can carry that momentum into the 2016 season. Many sportsbooks list the Chiefs as their AFC West favorite in their NFL futures wagering. Bet Online lists the Chiefs at +180 to win the division, while Bovada has the Chiefs and Broncos as co-favorites, both at +185.
There were some happy times in Kansas City last fall. The Royals won the World Series for the first time since 1985, and the Chiefs won a playoff game for the first time since 1993, ending an 0-8 skid.
The Chiefs, who put together a 10-game winning streak to rally from a 1-5 start and make the playoffs, did so by putting more trust in quarterback Alex Smith.
Known as a game manager more than a game breaker, a safe bet that you get by with at the helm unitl someone better come along, with his newfound freedom under center to virtually change up whatever he wanted at the line of scrmmage, Smith flourished, and the Chiefs joined the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals as the only teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to rally from 1-5 starts and make the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs made a piece of NFL history in 1991 when longtime Chiefs placekicker Jan Stenerud was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, becoming the first player who performed exclusively during his NFL career as a kicker to be so enshrined.
In an era when kickers were successful on average on 53 per cent of their field goal attempts, Stenerud, who played 13 of his 19 NFL seasons with Kansas City, hit his three-point attempts at a 67 per cent ratio.
Born in Norway, Stenerud came to Montana State on a ski jumping scholarship but took up placekicking for the football team and was named an All-American in 1966. He kicked three field goals for the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, including a 48-yard effort that stood as the longest field in a Super Bowl game for 24 years.
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It 2015, the Chiefs did something that was a franchise first. They blanked the Houston Texans 30-0 in the AFC wildcard playoffs, the first postseason shutout win in franchise history. Curiously, it was Kansas City’s first road playoff win since 1993, a 28-20 victory at Houston over the Oilers.
If the Chiefs want another solid run into the postseason, they best not emulate their start to the 2015 campaign. Kansas City opened 1-5 and with running back Jamaal Charles done for the year with a knee injury, things looked bleak for the boys in red, but they won their last 10 games of the regular season to claim a wildcard playoff position.
It was a complete reversal of fortune for the Chiefs from the 2014 NFL season. Things looked rosy 10 weeks in. The Chiefs sat at 7-3 but from their they stumbled to go 2-4 the rest of the way and finish 9-7, missing the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs went through the entire 2014 NFL season without a touchdown reception from a single wide receiver. Nary. Nada, Zip.
It was only the fourth time in NFL history that a team had done that and the first since the 1964 New York Giants. No Kansas City wideout was able to amass a single 100-yard game.
Then along came Jeremy Maclin and that all changed. Added as a free agent from the Philadelphia Eagles, Maclin caught 87 balls in 2015, eight of them for touchdowns. Three times he went over 140 receiving years in a game during his first year as a Chief.
Maclin’s first TD catch as a Chief on Sept. 28, 2015 at Green Bay was the first by a Kansas City wide receiver since Dwayne Bowe against Washington on Dec. 8, 2013, a 21-game drought.
During their first decade of existence, there was no team that the Kansas City had to take a back seat to in pro football. Between 1960-71, the Chiefs won three AFL titles and a Super Bowl and were the second team after the Green Bay Packers to make multiple Super Bowl apperances.
The Chiefs were multi-point underdogs in both of their Super Bowl appearances – losing 35-10 to the Packers as 13-point underdogs in Super Bowl I and defeating the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 as 12-point underdogs in Super Bowl IV.
On Christmas Day 1971, the Chiefs and Miami Dolphins engaged in one of the most memorable playoff games in NFL history, a double-overtime game that ended after 22:40 of extra play when Miami’s Garo Yepremian kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Dolphins a 27-24 win.Kansas City running back Ed Podolak finished the day with an NFL-record 350 all-purpose yards.
The loss was a sign of things to come for the Chiefs. They wouldn’t qualify for the postseason again until 1986 and wouldn’t taste postseason victory again until a 10-6 decision over the Oakland Raiders in a wildcard game. It was Kansas City’s first playoff triumph since their Super Bowl IV win over the Vikings.