Disappointment ahead for KC?

Compared to past great teams, Chiefs' 9-0 record looks like a mirage

Originally Published: November 15, 2013
By Scott Kacsmar | Football Outsiders

Chiefs Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesExcitement is up in Kansas City, but Chiefs fans may want to curb their enthusiasm.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL's last undefeated team this season, yet no one is talking about them going 16-0 or trying to reach Mercury Morris of the 1972 Dolphins for comment.

The usual talk of a 9-0 start has been replaced by questions about if the Chiefs are any good or if they are just a team that's had the great fortune of playing a soft schedule. Kansas City's first nine opponents are currently 30-54 (.357) and none of those teams has a winning record entering Week 11.

Perhaps this summarizes the disrespect of the Chiefs: Denver (8-1) is a 7.5-point favorite in this week's epic AFC West clash.

Now, Denver is really good, but it's not normal to see a 9-0 team be this big of an underdog, especially when it's the only team since 1940 to start 9-0 and never allow more than 17 points in a game.

So does Vegas have a Kansas City bias, or do the numbers back up the feeling that the Chiefs are fool's gold and not a real Super Bowl contender?


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Scott Kacsmar

Football Outsiders
Scott Kacsmar is an Assistant Editor at Football Outsiders.