The game started out well enough for the Kansas City Chiefs as they stormed out to a 21-3 halftime lead, but in the end it was just more playoff frustration for the club. The Chiefs haven’t won a home playoff game and have just one postseason victory since their first and only trip to the AFC Championship Game following the 2003 season.
And following their epic second half collapse against the Titans in the wild card game, Chiefs fans are probably happy to see offensive coordinator Matt Nagy pack his bags for Chicago as the Bears new head coach. Of course it was Nagy that helped resurrect an offense that had been rather boring the previous few seasons. The Chiefs put up startling numbers at the start of the season when they opened with a 5-0 record. But the club was inconsistent and a mid-season stretch where they lost six of seven games cost them a chance securing a first-round bye. Not that an off-week would have made much difference.
The team’s playoff failures can’t be overlooked and Alex Smith might just be the odd man out next season. Smith had another stellar regular season and he’s led the Chiefs to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with two AFC West titles. But he’s been unable to win when it matters most, posting just a 1-4 record in his five postseason starts with the team. And with Patrick Mahomes waiting for his chance, will he finally get it next season?
2017 Record: 10-7
2017 ATS Record: 10-7
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 8-9
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win AFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win AFC West: N/A
Wild Card Round: Titans 22, Chiefs 21
ATS Result: Titans +8.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
Chiefs’ fans have become accustomed to playoff disappointment, but this outdid them all. Smith and the offense rolled in the first half, amassing 264 yards and three touchdowns to take a 21-3 halftime lead. But as good as they were in the first half they were equally bad in the second. They managed just 61 yards and were blanked. A third quarter missed field goal proved costly with the Titans scoring on the ensuing possession and the Titans sealed the game with six minutes left. Smith failed to make a play in the second half and the Chiefs turned the ball over on downs on their final possession, losing the game outright as an 8.5-point favorite.
Week 17: Chiefs 27, Broncos 24
ATS Result: Chiefs +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 37.5
The Chiefs built a 24-10 lead late in the third following a defensive touchdown and Mahomes headed to the sideline on their next possession. But the Broncos used their own defensive score and a Paxton Lynch scoring pass with three minutes left in the fourth to tie the game. Mahomes re-entered and drove the Chiefs into field goal range where Harrison Butker was money from 30-yards out, giving the Chiefs their fourth consecutive ATS win.
Week 16: Chiefs 29, Dolphins 13
ATS Result: Chiefs -11
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43.5
The offensive threats were at their best and the defense was opportunistic, leading the Chiefs to a third consecutive SU and ATS win. Smith threw for over 300 yards, Hunt nearly hit the century mark again and Tyreek Hill caught six passes for 109 yards as the Chiefs rolled up over 400 yards. They settled for four field goals in seven red zone trips, allowing the under to cash for a third straight game.
Week 15: Chiefs 30, Chargers 13
ATS Result: Chiefs -1
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
The Chiefs scored the game’s final 20 points getting 13 of them off turnovers to overcome a third-quarter deficit while moving a step closer to the AFC West crown. Kareem Hunt sandwiched a pair of touchdown runs around two Harrison Butker field goals as the Chiefs covered the spread for a second straight game. Marcus Peters had two picks and the Chiefs forced four turnovers, preventing the Bolts from getting their offense untracked and the under was a winner for the fifth time in the last six games.
Week 14: Chiefs 26, Raiders 15
ATS Result: Chiefs -4.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48.5
The Chiefs desperately needed a game like the one they played against the Raiders. Everything went right and they built a 26-0 lead on four Harrison Butker field goals and touchdown runs from Hunt and Charcandrick West. It was enough to cover for the first time in five games and a solid defensive effort that limited the Raiders to 268 yards and no points through three quarters was enough to cash the under.
Week 13: Jets, 38, Chiefs 31
ATS Result: Jets +4
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
The Chiefs got off to a good start with touchdowns on their first two drives and led 14-0 lead, but they gave it right back. Smith’s fourth TD pass put the Chiefs back in front 31-30 midway through the fourth, but they imploded on the Jets game-winning drive. A personal foul on a field goal extended the drive and a holding call gave the Jets a first-and-goal at the 1. Josh McCown then snuck it in for the game-winner. Smith drove the Chiefs to the New York 23, but misfired on three straight attempts, turning the ball over.
Week 12: Bills 16, Chiefs 10
ATS Result: Bills +8.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
The maligned Chiefs defense played another strong game to keep the score below the total, but the offense struggled again and a late Alex Smith interception thwarted a potential game-winning drive. Kansas City went three-and-out on its first five possessions and totaled just 55 yards on the ground and 236 total for a third straight ATS loss.
Week 11: Giants 12, Chiefs 9 (OT)
ATS Result: Giants +10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44.5
The Chiefs settled for three field goals in three red zone trips and the inability to get in the end zone was costly. Harrison Butker tied the game with one second left in regulation and the Chiefs were forced to punt on their first possession of overtime. With the help of a dazzling catch, the Giants moved deep into KC territory before ending contest and sending the Chiefs to a second straight ATS loss.
Week 10: BYE
Week 9: Cowboys 28, Chiefs 17
ATS Result: Cowboys -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 53
After a slow start and falling behind 14-3, the Chiefs got a big play from Tyreek Hill, who pranced into the endzone on the final play of the first half, dancing around Dallas defenders to get there. They then took the opening second half kickoff and drove 62 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. However, that would be their last score and the Cowboys added a pair of touchdowns to hand KC its third ATS loss in the last four games.
Week 8: Chiefs 29, Broncos 19
ATS Result: Chiefs -7
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
The Chiefs won their fourth straight over the Broncos and covered the 7-point spread with the help of five turnovers and five Harrison Butker field goals. KC could have put the game away in the first quarter. Up 14-0, Hill threw a pass on a trick play that was intercepted. The Broncos wouldn’t go away, but the Chiefs pressured Trevor Siemian into three interceptions and recovered two fumbles, one of which was returned for the opening score. A late Denver touchdown was enough to cash the over for the sixth time.
Week 7: Raiders 31, Chiefs 30
ATS Result: Raiders +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The Chiefs had a chance to put the Raiders in a deep hole and extend their lead in the division, but they couldn’t hold on to a 9-point fourth quarter lead and the defense let one slip away in a second straight SU and ATS loss. The Chiefs allowed over 500 yards and gave up the game-winning score with no time left on the clock. Smith’s 63-yard scoring pass to Albert Wilson gave KC a 27-21 lead, surpassing the total midway through the third quarter.
Week 6: Steelers 19, Chiefs 13
ATS Result: Steelers +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Chiefs suffered their first SU and ATS loss as they failed to cover the 3.5-point spread. The offense was shut down and managed just 251 yards with all but six of those coming in the second half. A bad snap on their first series resulted in a safety and a pass that sailed through the hands of Philip Gaines to Antonio Brown resulted in a Pitt touchdown. KC battled back to get within the final margin, but a sack on the final series forced a fourth-and-long and the Chiefs couldn’t convert.
Week 5: Chiefs 42, Texans 34
ATS Result: Chiefs -2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 45
Both teams were clicking on offense making it an easy play on the over. It was another balanced attack for the Chiefs that produced 450 yards of offense against a Texans team that lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. KC never trailed and built a 19-point lead after Hill’s punt return in the fourth quarter. Houston made it look closer with a pair of late touchdowns, but the Chiefs still covered for a fifth straight game.
Week 4: Chiefs 29, Redskins 20
ATS Result: Chiefs -6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
One final garbage play allowed the Chiefs to cover the spread and cash the over. After taking a 23-20 lead, the Skins had one last chance with four seconds left. A few laterals to keep the play alive resulted in a fumble that Justin Houston recovered and took the other way for six points. Chiefs backers and over bettors were ecstatic on a play that should’ve been a footnote to the game.
Week 3: Chiefs 24, Chargers 10
ATS Result: Chiefs -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47.5
The Chiefs won their seventh straight over the Chargers and improved to 3-0 with their victory. The offense started fast with touchdowns on the first two possessions and the defense kept Philip Rivers from doing much damage with three interceptions. The result was an easy cover win to put the Chiefs at 3-0 ATS this season.
Week 2: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20
ATS Result: Chiefs -4
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The Chiefs remained perfect both SU and ATS, but it didn’t come without a scare. They scored three second-half touchdowns and took a 27-13 lead with just over two minutes to play. Possibly a letdown, the Eagles scored a late touchdown to cash the over, and recovered an on-side kick to give them on last chance at tying the game. The defense made one final play to preserve the victory, knocking the last ditch effort pass away.
Week 1: Chiefs 42, Patriots 27
ATS Result: Chiefs +8
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
Who were those imposters lined up in the Chiefs huddle last Thursday? That’s what many are asking after KC dismantled New England, putting up the most points and yards against a Bill Belichick coached Pats team. The Chiefs attacked on offense and used their big-play weapons every chance they could. They were shifting, moving and using multiple formations in a style we haven’t seen from them. They withstood an early onslaught when the Pats marched down the field on their first possession, weathered the storm and nearly reached the total all by themselves.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
Many of the players on the current roster weren’t even born the last time Kansas City won a game in New England. The teams don’t play all that often so the sample size is small, but the Chiefs haven’t won a road game in the series since 1990. They’ve lost all six games since then, including a divisional round playoff matchup in Foxboro two years ago.
Week 1: Chiefs at Patriots, Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 2: Chiefs vs. Eagles, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Chiefs at Chargers, Sunday, September 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Chiefs vs. Redskins, Monday, October 2, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 5: Chiefs at Texans, Sunday, October 8, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 6: Chiefs vs. Steelers, Sunday, October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Chiefs at Raiders, Thursday, October 19, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Chiefs vs. Broncos, Monday, October 30, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 9: Chiefs at Cowboys, Sunday, November 5, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: Chiefs at Giants, Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Chiefs vs. Bills, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Chiefs at Jets, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Chiefs vs. Raiders, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Chiefs vs. Chargers, Saturday, December 16, 8:25 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 16: Chiefs vs. Dolphins, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Chiefs at Broncos, Sunday, December 31, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
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