Kansas City Chiefs: Traveling into enemy territory


Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the game between the Green Bay Packers against the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

I love the Kansas City Chiefs. They have been my team every since I was a little kid. Something about growing up an hour and a half away from the team really helped fuel my passion for this team. That is one of the many reasons I enjoy writing about them week after week here at Arrowhead Addict.

When time came to head off to college, I ended up heading to Nebraska 6 hours away from Arrowhead and my team. Fortunately I was able to still watch Chiefs games on the local stations thanks in part to the Denver Bronco games being the late games. So every Sunday I would prepare to sit in the dorm room to watch my favorite team hopefully get the win.

It was in college I met a teacher named John Baker. Baker, as I would call him, grew up in Colorado, his parents still live there, and naturally he was a HUGE Denver fan. So of course we would get together to watch games, talk football and occasionally trash talk a little. His whole family was Broncos fans, so it was always an adventure to watch games in his basement.

Occasionally, at least in the early years, of the friendship, the Chiefs would win, or Denver would win, it was an up and down back and forth situation. After college we have remained good friends and I suggested we go see Denver take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead, this was during the losing years when tickets were nice and cheap. The sad fact is that every time John and I, along with others, would go to KC to watch a game the Chiefs would end up losing. We even watched Denver quarterback Tim Tebow throw a game winning touchdown, Tim Tebow!

I give you this little back story to say this, I am finally heading to Denver to watch a game in the Broncos own stadium. John’s father has been a season ticket holder for years and an opportunity arose to go see a game this year. This Saturday I will head back up to Nebraska to hop into a car with John and head to Denver to see KC take on the Broncos.

I may not like the Broncos, but seeing a legend in Peyton Manning play is always good no matter what the outcome of the game is. After Denver’s close loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Manning is a mere three yards away from breaking the all-time passing yards record. This is exciting to see, to say you were in attendance when such a monumental event has occurred is always a good experience. Even though the Chiefs have not gotten the best of Manning since he came to Denver, you cannot undermine what he has accomplished throughout his career.

This game is also very winnable for the Chiefs, so I am kind of hoping my streak of watching the Chiefs live and losing will finally come to an end in Denver. The Broncos will be without Demarcus Ware and Aqib Talib this Sunday, so the normally potent defense might be a little off without those two key starters. Manning has been struggling as well, throwing two picks in Indy and watching his team fall apart with penalties and turnovers. So the thought that KC might be able to win is not far fetched, even though they are a 7-point underdog.

Kansas City, also, is not the same team it was in Week 2. The Chiefs have grown and showed they are not counted out just yet. With Denver being the only realistically tough game left on their schedule, if they are able to pull out a win their postseason hopes are not far off. The Chiefs have been playing well on both sides of the ball. The offense has been effectively moving the ball through the air and on the ground. The defense has been aggressive, pursing the ball all over the field and pressuring the quarterback with the combo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.

There is a good chance the Chiefs could win this game on Sunday. Maybe, just maybe the bad luck I seem to bring on my team in their house will have the opposite effect in Denver. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing a game with one of my best friends this coming Sunday, and of course it would be just that much better if the Chiefs win.

Thanks for reading, Addicts.