Are the Kansas City Chiefs Better Off Playing On the Road?
Now that they’re locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC, it looks like the Kansas City Chiefs will spend the postseason on the road. The only way for Kansas City to get a home game in the playoffs this season is if they and whoever ends up with the No. 6 seed face off in the AFC Championship game. The odds of that happening are pretty slim considering they would both have to win two away games against higher-seeded teams in order to get there.
Winning on the road is always tough in the NFL, but the numbers suggest the Chiefs are better off playing away from Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City currently owns a 6-1 road record, which is best in the league, with their lone loss coming against the Denver Broncos at Mile High. Considering they finished the season with a three-game losing streak at home, a playoff run on the road may not be the worst thing for the Chiefs.
At home this season, Kansas City has averaged 23.1 points per game and has allowed 20.3. Away from Arrowhead, they managed to score 31.6 per game and surrendered just 16.6. Granted their opponents’ win percentage was slightly better at home with a mark of .450 compared to .419 for opponents on the road, but the slight difference in competition doesn’t seem to add up to the major difference in their performances.
Kansas City is not a worse team at Arrowhead Stadium. Obviously if someone wanted to give the Chiefs a home game they would take it. No team in the NFL prefers to be the visitor rather than being in their own element. All these numbers suggest is that Kansas City is comfortable on the road.
Some people get rattled by the noise or sometimes get a little thrown off by a long trip, but the Chiefs have not let those things have a strong impact on them this season. Whatever they’re doing to prepare for their road games they should keep it up. It’s a little odd that the loudest crowd in the NFL hasn’t been a bigger advantage, but their strong performances on the road bode well for Kansas City’s hopes of getting their first playoff win since the 1993 season.