Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates after sacking Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Broncos: An Open Letter To The Good Guys


To the coaches and players of the Kansas City Chiefs,

Congratulations on your season to date! Winning nine game in a row in the NFL is an absolutely phenomenal accomplishment, especially considering that in 2012, you only won two games. I think I can speak for most of the Chiefs Kingdom when I say that we are incredibly proud of you.

Hopefully you enjoyed your Bye Week. I understand what punishment you put yourselves through over the last nine games and I imagine the rest was much needed, particularly for Mr. Charles and his ailing feet. I am doubly sure there are many more of you that have been playing through pain and injuries. The team has been remarkably healthy this season (don’t worry, I’m knocking on wood and sacrificing a lamb as we speak) and I am sure a big reason for that is that many of you are playing hurt in order to help your team. Here’s hoping you are all healing well.

We Chiefs fans aren’t particularly hard to please. We understand how the game works and though it has been a long, long time since you have won a Super Bowl, we couldn’t be prouder to call ourselves Chiefs fans. We understand that while hoisting the Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate goal, that there is more to enjoying football than just Super Bowl seasons. We’ve been through the hard times with you and so we have learned to appreciate the occasional season like 2010, where you surprised the NFL and won the AFC West Championship. Sure, you failed (again) to win a playoff game but we had a blast watching you qualify for the postseason.

This season, you’ve perhaps already given us more than we could have hoped for. By winning nine games in 2013, you’ve given us more regular season victories than we got in 2012, 2009 and 2008…combined! I mean, seriously, Halloween came and went without the subjects of the Chiefs Kingdom having to suffer through a loss. It’s been awesome. Thank you.

All that being said, I have a small request. I don’t mean this to sound ungrateful, which is precisely why I’ve spent most of this letter praising your effort, drive and skill. But this is something I’ve been thinking about since it became clear that you were one of the better Chiefs teams that I’ve had the pleasure of watching in my 30 years.

Please, for the love of God, beat the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium next Sunday night.

I wish I could say that I don’t care if you win another game but that would be a dirty lie. Still, if I knew you could only win one more game this season, I’d want that game to be next week’s contest in Denver.

All season long, the pundits and talking heads have been doubting you. Arrogant windbags are running around making statements like “the Chiefs are the worst 9-0 team I’ve ever seen.” Internet trolls, mostly of the Raider variety, are dropping by our humble Chiefs fan site to tell us that you haven’t played any good teams and that the Denver Broncos will stomp you.

And the worst part of it is, that deep down inside, just a little bit, we believe them.

That isn’t to say we don’t believe in you. We do. You’ve danced on the edge of disaster game after game and you’ve always managed to make the plays you needed to make to win the game. You haven’t done it with style and you haven’t done it with flash but you’ve done it.

And perhaps that is part of the problem.

Chiefs fans know that what you lack in sex appeal you make up for with grit and determination but only those that love you as unconditionally as us seem to be able to see it. But we’re a smudge insecure. You know, there was this Chiefs kicker one time…

The media and fans of other teams would much rather rave about Peyton Manning’s surgical offensive precision than marvel at your defensive stubbornness. They’d rather not mention that Alex Smith, not Peyton Manning (or anyone else for that matter) is the winningest QB in the NFL over the last two years. Even if they are forced to talk about Smith’s success, they often do so begrudgingly, preferring instead to attribute his wins to coaches, defenses and Santa Clause.

This might be a personal request. Others may not feel the same way. I know that you aren’t going to go undefeated this season. I know that losing next week in Denver won’t knock you out of the playoffs or even the race to win the AFC West. I know that the opinions of the media and other fans aren’t as important as what you do on the field for the rest of the season and come playoff time.

I get all that.

But please, please, please, for me, beat those lousy Broncos on their own field. I can’t think of many things more rewarding, save a playoff win or Super Bowl Championship, than watching you not only beat the “crowned” Broncos but also, in one single, signature victory, forcing every doubter, pundit and talking head to simultaneously shut the hell up for an entire week.

You’d be 10-0. You’d have a two-game lead on the Broncos and you will have accomplished this feat by beating them on their own turf. It would be more glorious than all nine of your previous wins combined.

I don’t know if you’ll make the Super Bowl this season. But I do know you will march into Mile High Stadium Sunday night, in font of a nation audience, to play one of the most important regular season games in franchise history. A win takes you from a cute story to a serious championship contented. A loss will bring a smug chorus of “I told you so.”

I don’t know about you, but I am treating Sunday as my Chiefs Super Bowl. I’m slow-cooking a pork shoulder. I’m importing some Gates BBQ sauce to my home in New York City. I’m buying the good beer.

Nobody expects you to win. I am not even sure I expect you to win.

But I will be damned if I can think of a game in the last 30 years that I WANTED you to win more.

And I know you can do it.

So do it.

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  • Phillip Maxwell

    Thank you for not saying (that once upon a time) kickers name.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      We try to keep things family friendly. Kids could be reading.

      • Phillip Maxwell


  • Gary Durr

    I also want the same request to happen. Please!.. Please!.. Beat the Broncos next Sunday.

  • T.Hagen

    F $#/*^g Denver wins again. God how i hate the donkey’s. I’m with you Paddy, let get a win @ Denver and that would be awesome. I hope the Chiefs win cause i work with a butt load of Donkey fans and would love to see them sad. Where I live in New Mexico you are either a Bronco fan or Dallas fan. The TV and radio station’s all broadcast them so it sucks when that’s all you see.

    • steve james

      You. You mean you miss Chiefs games? No No No. Tell me you got a hook up. Stay strong & Represent!

      • T.Hagen

        Dude, I got the NFL package and when I’m at work the wife records it. You think I would miss my beloved chiefs?

        • steve james

          Whew, had me worried& sad at the same time. I am on the road so if it wasn’t for Dish anywhere I would have to wait most Sunday’s. F the Donkey’s!

      • T.Hagen

        When I’m at work if I can I am looking at cbs network to see the game on my phone

  • Chris Tarrants

    I felt a little relief watching Manning limp off the field after beating the chargers tonight! If Peyton is not 100% then our defense will have a great chance to pounce and even beat another back up qb which will be the pundits excuse if it were to happen. I feel good about our chances coming fresh off a by week. Also let us not forget Reid’s crazy record coming off the by week!

  • T.Hagen

    I was a Dallas fan once this year for two hours, so I hope you all forgive me.

    • Corey Bell

      I for one are glad you seen the error of your ways lol

      • T.Hagen

        Bet you was a Dallas fan for the Denver Dallas game.

        • calciomoti

          Every real Chiefs fan was…

          • T.Hagen

            We’re all fans of any team that plays the donkey’s

        • Corey Bell

          I honestly dislike the Cowboys more than any other team in the league but for that one day i put aside my cowboys ill feelings for hopes that my beloved Chiefs would take control over the west

  • Tyler Luce

    Can’t wait for this game! Broncos are going to walk all over the chiefs. Welcome to mile high, where Orange Crush is served with a smile :-)

    • RepOurChiefs

      “Lets rock”-(in best Al Bundy voice) lol

    • DTVTechGuy

      How’s that ” Sports Authority ” red treating you at the stadium…

      I swear that color looks like Chiefs Red….

      I know they got rid of most of it… But not all…..

      Not all.

    • KCMikeG

      We can smell your fear all the way across the plains….. Mmmmmm…….

  • tomflex

    Manning is getting an MRI done tomorrow on his boney ass ankle…but….he ain’t getting out of this next game that easy. Houston…Hali…Poe are already drooling over a nice Manning sandwich and it would be wrong to deprive us of that spectacle.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Poe has been swearing off BBQ to stay in shape. The Chiefs should dump a bunch of Gates BBQ on him Sunday….Poe will be all over him.

      • calciomoti


        I just hope Manning doesn’t have to sit out, cuz when we best them all the idiots…or experts whichever you prefer to call them will just say we beat another backup…

  • Donkeyslayer

    I had a little smile when I seen Payton go down so many times especially the last time. :) I also cant wait for next week to shut up the non belivers and to slaugher the donkeys! Nothing makes me smille more than a chance to beat the Donkeys. Since the Chargers couldnt do it it makes it more special to beat them both in back to back weeks. Hows great will that be? Hell lets make it three weeks in a row!! Down with the Donkeys and anyone that gets in our way! GO CHIEFS

  • RepOurChiefs

    Aaaaand here begins the storyline arch. Fitting. GoChiefs

  • Corey Bell

    I’ve listened to all the nay sayers i can take. I live in Cowboy country and all i hear is the Chiefs hadn’t played anybody and how the Broncos are winning the Super Bowl this year. I’ve never wanted them to beat anybody as bad i wanted them to beat the cowboys in week 2. But now that feeling is 10 times stronger for the Broncos!

    • calciomoti

      Right Corey…I mean its not like the Chiefs have played any NFL teams or anything, nor have they played the same teams the donco’s have save for the colts…

  • T.Hagen

    When we play Denver @ Denver we have to figure the refs will be a plus for Denver cause all the holds and interference they let Denver get away with.

    • calciomoti

      No joke donco’s are masters of the “rub” route

  • DTVTechGuy

    This is the second of 4 games I wanted to see wins for this year…

    All three division home games…. Plus the road game against the Denver Mules…

  • Chris Notley

    Been a long week and gonna be even longer week coming. I can hardly stand myself waiting for this game. These chiefs are different from years past. Keep it rolling.

  • Danny W

    Should be a playoff type game. Denver will tell us if were good or destine for greatness.

  • chiefridgy

    That’s what I’m talking about Patrick….slow cook some pork, (I use gates as well….used to have it imported to me when I lived in texas) and smash the donkeys!

  • PunjabiPete

    *Long, slow, deliberate clapping initiated *

    • 4eyedfan


      • KCMikeG

        Clap, clap…

  • Selena G

    I love this article… Leggo Chiefs… YOU CAN DO IT!!! ♥♥♥

  • Selena G


    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen


      • Selena G

        IKR!!! :)

  • Stacy D. Smith

    This game is HUGE! A two game lead with 6 to play would be INSANE!

  • KC Claussen

    Nailed it Patrick! The Trophy is the prize! We probably won’t go 16-0, so what if we lose this one? Really, except for the Arrowhead win streak, so what if lost again in 3 weeks? As long as we can beat them the 3rd time we play I’d be happy! That being said, please, please, PLEASE CHIEFS, kick their asses in Dumbver!!


    I was all in until the very end of your posting. You say that you don’t expect the Chiefs to win. Really? I fully expect the Chiefs to win, and will be crushed if they don’t. The reasons are simple. The Chiefs are the better team. I expect Bob Sutton and Andy Reid to come up with a defensive game plan to shut down Manning. This will not be easy, but I believe that once this game starts. it’s gonna be a freakin’ jail break on Manning and company. If the Chiefs get up early, as I really believe they will, and as their confidence grows, this will turn into something that the Broncos have not seen much. Our defense will take the fans out of the picture. As the game against the Colts showed us, the Broncos are front runners. They do not handle adversity well. They have not seen the kind of defense that Reid and Sutton are going to bring. Once Manning gets a few hard hits, this could get ugly. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!