This year’s Kansas City Chiefs team has already made some historic achievements. In their bye week, time was available to compare and contrast them with the last three NFL teams to win their first nine games of the year. The results produced a few similarities and a few differences with the 2009 Indianapolis Colts, 2009 New Orleans Saints and 2011 Green Bay Packers.
The first similarity is that all four of these teams were the benefactors of soft schedules. The graphic below shows the combined final records of the first nine opponents that the three aforementioned teams played in the aforementioned seasons.
Mind your margins
So far the Chiefs’ nine opponents have a combined record of 27-49 and none of them have a winning record, but it’s possible that several of them might finish at 9-7 or better by season’s end. The next areas of comparison were average margin of victory and turnover margin through these teams’ first nine games.
Kansas City has a better turnover margin than any of those teams at +11 and an equal average margin of victory at 12 points. So far the Chiefs have been quite similar to these first three teams, the differences begin when comparing the scoring.
Comparing the scoreboards
The 2011 Green Bay Packers scored 320 points in their first nine games, the 2009 Colts put up 252 points and the 2009 Saints accumulated 331 points. Kansas City’s output pales in comparison as the Chiefs have scored just 215 points through their first nine games. At the same time, Kansas City has allowed fewer points than any of those three teams did at just 111.
The 2009 Colts and Saints met in the Super Bowl with New Orleans taking home the Lombardi trophy. In 2011 Green Bay lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. How far the 2013 Chiefs will go remains to be seen, but what’s for sure is that they are in good company.