As the clock wound down on the Denver Broncos in their 39-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts late Sunday night, the three dozen or so people gathered in a local Kansas City sports bar began to chant, “Chiiiiiiiiiiefs!”, “Seven and Ohhhhhh!”, and one customer endorsed her frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race by joyfully exclaiming, “Andy Reid for President!”
The only thing more improbable than Reid taking up residence in the White House might be the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs wake up Monday morning as the last undefeated team in the NFL. Better yet, because of Denver’s loss, the Chiefs lead the AFC West by one game and if the playoffs were held today, the Chiefs would be the #1 seed in the AFC.
Yes folks … at 7-0, it is time to start thinking playoffs and seeding. In the Super Bowl era, 31 teams have started 7-0 and all 31 made the playoffs. 15 of those clubs advanced to play in the Super Bowl and nine of them won the whole thing. I know … crazy, right???
And the AFC West which was roundly ridiculed by experts in the pre-season as one of the worst divisions in recent memory – with the exception of the Denver Mannings, of course – would send three teams to the playoffs.
The Chiefs (7-0 record, 1st seed) and the AFC North champs Cincinnati Bengals (5-2, 2nd seed) would have the first-round bye in the playoffs while the San Diego Chargers (4-3, 6th seed) would travel cross country to play the New England Patriots (5-2, 3rd seed). The Broncos (6-1, 5th seed) would replay the game Sunday night in Indianapolis (5-2, 4th seed), which might be a bad thing for Denver fans given Manning’s incredibly mediocre playoff record despite his Hall of Fame career.
One year ago, the Chiefs stood at 1-6 and local ticket brokers couldn’t give tickets away. One broker interviewed back then joked that demand for tickets was so low that a friend of his left his Chiefs tickets on the dashboard of his car with the windows open. When he returned, the car was gone, but the thieves had left the tickets behind.
Last year, ticket prices for the Broncos game at Arrowhead were averaging around $60 and dropping. Already this year, the same ticket will cost you $200 and if the Chiefs keep winning, that price will continue to rise.
It’s all part about being a winner in the NFL and for this week at least, NOBODY is a bigger winner than your Kansas City Chiefs. 1972 Miami Dolphins, watch out!
So go ahead, Kansas City … sit back and enjoy yourself and the success of your team. After the last three years, nobody deserves this more than the success-starved fans of KC. And to all the naysayers, just smile and point at the NFL standings. Nobody on the Chiefs team, or their fans, have to apologize for anything right now. And if the message board trolls don’t like it, they can kiss the collective rear ends of Chiefs Nation.
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