The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs are the first NFL team to ever start a season 9-0 after having the worst record in the league the previous season. In fact, it’s the biggest worst-to-first turnaround in all of professional sports. No matter how someone feels about them, the fact is that they made history this year.
There’s another way that Kansas City could make NFL history this season. No NFL team has ever started a season 9-0 and missed the playoffs altogether. After dropping their third consecutive game yesterday, that has become a possibility.
Kansas City plays three of its last four games on the road, including going from one coast to the other in the next two weeks. This Sunday, the Chiefs will visit the Washington Redskins, then go cross country to visit the Oakland Raiders the following week. Their lone remaining home game against the Indianapolis Colts follows, leading into a season-ending matchup in against the San Diego Chargers.
It’s not unfeasible that Kansas City could lose all four of those games. Washington’s offense has looked better as of late, and the Chiefs’ defense has allowed 103 points in the last three games. The Raiders are statistically the best 4-8 team in the NFL, the Colts are a good team and the Chargers have already beaten the Chiefs in Kansas City. If that should happen, the Chiefs would finish the regular season with a 9-7 record and be in a hole.
If San Diego wins out, they would have the head-to-head tiebreaker over Kansas City, giving the Chargers the nod for a wild card spot over the Chiefs. Another team that Kansas City needs to look over their shoulder for is the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are sitting at 6-6 right now and have three winnable games left on their schedule.
Even if the Dolphins lose their home game to the New England Patriots, winning their other three games would give them a finish of 9-7 and a better record against common opponents than Kansas City, giving them a wild card spot over the Chiefs. The picture improves drastically for Kansas City if they can win just one of their remaining four games or get some help from the opponents of either Miami or San Diego.
While the chances of the Chiefs making the playoffs this season are still good, they easily could find themselves wondering what happened as they watch the wild card games from their couches if they finish on a seven-game losing streak.