As the Kansas City Chiefs try to lick their wounds following their 43-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, they can take solace in the fact that they have history on their side next weekend.
When it comes to the Broncos, the part of the calendar that has “December” stamped across the top and a game in Kansas City, their troubles have crossed decades, coaches and hundreds of players.
The Broncos are 1-16 in December games in Kansas City.
It doesn’t matter how good the Chiefs were or weren’t. Since the Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City, none of it has mattered.
Good teams — like the 13-3 team in 2005, the 13-3 team in 1984, the 11-5 team in 1986 or the 11-5 team in 2000 — and bad teams, or teams in between, they all have made the trip from Denver to Kansas City, only to be disappointed in a maddening variety of ways.
Even the two most successful coaches in Broncos history never solved the team’s December riddle. Shanahan was 0-6 in December trips to Arrowhead Stadium with Denver and Reeves was 0-5.
The only breakthrough in Broncos history was coached by Wade Phillips, a 20-17 overtime victory on Dec. 4, 1994. That was the last win of his Denver tenure. That team lost its last three games of the season and Phillips was fired.
The Chiefs need to simply take their butt whupping and move on. If they can view yesterday’s game as nothing more than that they will be fine. The only way the blowout lingers is if they let it.
It’s time to focus on the Broncos and the fact that they have not been able to win at Arrowhead. The fans need to sell out the building and make life in Kansas City miserable for Denver. And I don’t mean a sell out like all of the home games so far this season. There’s a difference between a sell out by league standards and a sell out by Chiefs fans standards.
Just like the Kansas City players need to forget about last week and get up for Denver, the fans need to do the same.