Kansas City Chiefs’ Fans No Longer Losing Sleep Over Manning Brothers

Brad Penner – USA Today Sports

Heading into Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants, the Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated under new head coach Andy Reid. The team is feeling good about themselves.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson said this about the 3-0 start, “It’s great. We play this game to win and when you get the results on Sundays or Thursdays, you feel pretty good during the week. Your wounds don’t hurt as much, everybody has a good attitude and you’re building more confidence for the next game.”

After a dismal 2-14 season last year, Chiefs’ fans (myself included) are flying a ‘mile high’. That is what awakened me in the middle of the night.  Kansas City’s divisional rival, the Denver Broncos are also 3-0 this season.

The Giants will be the third NFC East opponent the Chiefs have faced this year. Reid knows these teams, and how to beat them. In 2004 as coach of the Philadelphia Eagleshe beat every other team in the division, twice!

The Eagles went to the Super Bowl that year. The only other time an NFC East team has swept the division was in 1998 when the Dallas Cowboys did it. Guess who won the Super Bowl that year? The Broncos.

I took a look at Andy’s record against AFC West opponents, fearing the worst. In 14 seasons at the helm in Philadelphia, Reid has faced the division in three. He’s been the best against the Chiefs (3-0) including two wins in Arrowhead Stadium.

My fears were eased to see the new Chiefs’ coach is 6-4 overall against the division in which he now coaches. The only team that has a winning record against him is the Oakland Raiders, and they’re currently in last place.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning owned Reid early in his career. In 1999 the Indianapolis Colts beat the Eagles 44-7 in Philadelphia. The Colts won at home against Philly 45-21 in 2006.

Don’t be lulled back to sleep, Chiefs fans, Kansas City has to get by Eli Manning tomorrow. Don’t lose any sleep over the “Donkos” either. The last time Andy Reid and Peyton Manning squared off, Reid won.

Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook


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