KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 24: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after passing to Dwayne Bowe #82 for a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs didn't exactly light it up at home at Arrowhead Stadium. Of the Chiefs' four wins last year, only one came at home. That's a big fat 1-7 record. At Arrowhead Stadium.
I say it without shame that Arrowhead Stadium was not an intimidating place to play over the last few seasons. Just like 2009, the 2008 Chiefs were 1-7 at home. The 2007 Chiefs were...get this....2-6 at Arrowhead. That's a 4-20 record from 2007 through 2009 in what was the loudest, most difficult place to play in the NFL.
The 2010 Kansas City Chiefs are thankfully reversing this terrible trend.
The Chiefs have already won four games this year and three of those four wins have come at Arrowhead Stadium.
NFL announcers are still referring to Arrowhead as an intimidating place to play except this year it doesn't sound like cliche, television BS. Aside from the announcers, there is no shortage of other writers, players and commentators talking about how difficult Arrowhead Stadium is for opposing teams.
"You think opening weekend, Monday night on the road and in a division. Then you throw in Arrowhead - it will be as tough an atmosphere as you can be in." -Philip Rivers, Week 1
"Bouman is guaranteed to struggle in a loud Arrowhead stadium." -RealGM.com, Week 7
"Kansas City is as close as you can get to a college atmosphere, especially the Monday night game to open the season. It was really rocking there." -Brodie Croyle, Week 4
Brandon Flowers said after Sunday's game against the Jaguars that the Chiefs wanted to "make a statement" that Arrowhead will continue to be a tough place to play football.
Nice comments aside, the Chiefs really need be smiling at that undefeated, home record so far this season. With the Bills, Cardinals, Broncos, Titans and Raiders the remaining home games for the Chiefs, it would be amazing if the Chiefs ran the table at home. I think the Chiefs will likely end up going 6-2 at home this season, which is plenty to ask for.
Anyone else notice that the Arrowhead Advantage is back?