Points Are The Real Yardstick For These Chiefs

Nov 30, 2016 -- 9:55pm

by Kurtis Seaboldt

It was one of the most memorable endings in Chiefs history. Cairo Santos’ bank shot field goal left Broncos fans at Whatever Field at Mile High in stunned disbelief and sent Chiefs fans into euphoria.

The Chiefs had done more than just pull one out of the fire, they had won a game they really had no business winning. The Broncos had outgained the Chiefs by nearly 200 yards (464-273). Over the last 10 seasons (2007-16), teams being outgained by between 190 and 200 yards are just 9-45 (.167).

Denver, however, found out something the rest of the NFL has had the misfortune of learning: Andy Reid’s Chiefs aren’t really a “yards” team. It’s been as big a part of Reid’s tenure in Kansas City as his mustache, his play sheet and his love for looking forward to the challenge. Since Reid became head coach the Chiefs are 20-14 (.588) in games in which they are outgained. That is the most wins and the highest winning percentage in the NFL.

They are 15-12 (.556) when being outgained by at least 50 yards. They are 7-3 (.700) when being outgained by at least 100 yards. Only two other teams are .500 or better. The Chiefs are the only team in the NFL to be ranked higher in points than yards on both offense and defense in every season since 2013.

One final note: The Chiefs win over the Broncos Sunday wasn’t the only one this season by a team that got outgained by 190 yards. Another team did it just three weeks before that. It was the Chiefs. Jacksonville outgained them by 218 yards in KC’s 19-14 win on November 6.

Like I said, this isn’t really a “yards” team.

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