For the last decade, the Kansas City Chiefs have been something of an enigma. Some years the franchise are good, and others they are completely mediocre. Sure, the strength of the schedule does come into play here, but is there a team in the NFL which has seen such fluctuations in their standard of play from year to year?
For example, in 2012, the Chief were one of the worst teams in the NFL, recording a 2-14 record. However the following year, they finished second in the AFC West with a 11-5 record. The same goes for the 2010 regular season. The team came first in their division, yet the previous three seasons they recorded three losing seasons in a row. After that winning season, the team once again slipped into mediocrity again, recording 7-9 and 2-14 losing seasons for 2011 and 2012 respectively.
This begs the question; which Kansas City team will show up this season?
If the game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the 2014 regular season is anything to go by, it doesn't look good for Kansas. The Chiefs were absolutely steamrolled by the Titans. To make matters worse, linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito ruptured their Achilles tendons, while their wide receivers didn't exactly set the world alight. Moreover, Alex Smith may be a serviceable quarterback, but he clearly needs help in the receiving game.
But have Kansas always been an inconsistent team like they have been for the best part of a decade?
The Chiefs began in the American Football League in 1960 as the Dallas Texans, before relocating to Kansas City following the 1962 season and being renamed as the Kansas City Chiefs.
From 1960 to 1969, there was no stopping the franchise. The team compiled a record of 87-48 to become the team with the most wins in the league during that period. Indeed, the first six times the Dolphins faced the Chiefs, Miami could not win a single game.
However, since then, Kansas has seen a dramatic fall from grace. From 1970 to present, the Chiefs have only won another six times against the Dolphins. In recent times, Miami has won the last three games between the two sides, including a 31-3 away win for the Dolphins in the last match-up.
And don't forget that Miami's starting left tackle, Branden Albert, was only until recently a Chief.
It's the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Miami Dolphins this weekend. Are you ready?
Dolphins Head to Head Regular Season Record vs Bills
Tied Games: 0
Win-Loss %: 0.520
Points Scored: 486
Dolphins Head to Head Playoff Record vs Bills
Points scored: 71
Points allowed 57
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