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Originally established in 1960 in Dallas as one of the original members of the American Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs now play in the AFC West division of the NFL.
After their 2018 season, the KC Chiefs command a lot of attention from both football fans and sports gamblers. At most sportsbooks, they’re actually the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season.
Last year Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes led the NFL in touchdown passes and was named league MVP among a slew of other awards and records. The Chiefs won the AFC West division but fell in the conference championship to the New England Patriots.
This team guide will dive into the past, present, and future of the Kansas City Chiefs. In particular, we’ll explore topics like:
The Kansas City Chiefs organization played its first game in 1960. The franchise hasn’t won a league championship since 1969, a victory against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, but things have definitely picked up in recent years.
They’ve won two league championships, 11 divisional titles, and made 21 playoff appearances. The Chiefs currently have a stranglehold on the AFC West, having won the division three years in a row.
Their biggest rivals are the Oakland Raiders, followed closely by the LA Chargers. The most recognizable names in franchise history include Len Dawson, Tony Gonzalez, Justin Houston, and Patrick Mahomes.
During the 2017 season, the Chiefs organization generated $380 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.1 billion.
The Chiefs are owned by the Lamar Hunt Family.
The organization played its first season in 1960.
No, the Chiefs have not won a Super Bowl.
Since 1972, the Chiefs have played at Arrowhead Stadium, located in Kansas City, Missouri.
The club holds training camp at Missouri Western State, located in St. Joseph, Missouri.
K.C. Wolf is the official mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs wear red, gold, and white.
All-Time Team Leaders
|Games played||Will Shields
|Passing Yards||Len Dawson||28,507|
|Passing TDs||Len Dawson||237|
|Receiving Yards||Tony Gonzalez||10,940|
|Receiving TDs||Tony Gonzalez||76|
|Rushing Yards||Jamaal Charles||7,260|
|Rushing TDs||Priest Holmes||76|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Nick Lowery||1,466|
The Kansas City Chiefs were the talk of the NFL in 2018. Their offense, led by first-year starter and league MVP, Patrick Mahomes, dominated with a whopping 35.3 points per game. Mahomes topped the league with 50 touchdown passes while TE Travis Kelce and WR Tyreek Hill each finished in the top ten in both TD catches and receiving yards.
The team’s biggest weakness and something gamblers definitely need to pay attention to, is defense. However, in the offseason, the Chiefs brought on Steve Spagnuolo to replace Bob Sutton as defensive coordinator which could shake things up for the better.
Kansas City comes into the season as the Super Bowl betting favorites, but they’ll have at least one major issue to contend with. Tyreek Hill could miss most, if not the entire season due to a child abuse investigation. His absence, however long it may be, would have a massive impact on the Chiefs offense.
The Chiefs were an offensive machine last year, helping them lead the league in over percentage and finish fifth in cover percentage. They scored 30+ points 12 times during the regular season, which included five games over 40. Their defense, which gave up more than 400 yards a game, struggled rushing the passer, finishing bottom-five in the league in QB sacks.
Bettors can expect to see a lot of Chiefs games posting over/under lines in the high 50s, with games against the Colts (Andrew Luck), Packers (Aaron Rodgers), Chargers (Philip Rivers) and Patriots (Tom Brady) possibly creeping into the low 60s. With Mahomes under center, it’s Super Bowl or bust for the Chiefs in 2019.
Here are some key numbers for bettors to focus on:
The Chiefs came into 2019 as the clear Super Bowl favorites. With the reigning MVP under center and one of the game’s best coaches calling the plays, this team hasn’t had this kind of potential in a long time.
For local gamblers, that optimism also extends to the state’s chances of passing some form of sports betting legislation soon.
To keep an eye on that story as it unfolds, go to our up-to-date guide to legal sports betting in Kansas.
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