The stats are there to reinforce the obvious. When we can't beat divsion opponets, we can't succeed in the season. Romeo Crennel and the Chiefs say they, "Cannot figure out what's wrong with this team." Well I have a hint for you and it's real simple. Three variables point out as obvious and chilling when it comes to winning in KC. I took some time and analyzed some statistics that seem obvious, but are correlational to KC succes. First of all, I will start with the basic, winning at home.
Winning at home seems to be a long standing joke in Kansas City. As miserable and demoralizing as it is, winning at home has died since the departure of the Vermeil era. Only two seasons have been winning ones since the departure of Dick Vermeil as head coach of the Chiefs. Those two seasons, we made the playoffs. The 2010 team, which went 7-1, and the 2006 team, which went 6-2. Getting wins at home is an element in winning, thus creating home field advantage. I realize it is important to win on the road, but teams are supposed to win at home because of the advantage. Since Vermeil departed, the Chiefs have a record of 20-30. That is just Abysmal. If you take out the two solid years you get 7-27. That is just sad. It's hard to negate the fact that home field advantage has left KC years ago. I am not a Marty fan, but under him, we never had a loosing season at home. By that I mean our winning percentage at home was always above .500. One would think that with such a young team, players would play harder, and with more discipline, at home. Historically, young teams love home games, but not this team. An 0-2 start at Arrowhead signifies a deep disregard for home fans passion for the game.
Secondly comes the obvious turnover ratio. We are currently -13 in this category. This is unacceptable. Three teams actually made the playoffs last year with negative ratios (NO (-3), Den (-12), and Pit (-13), but these are end of season numbers and we already have -13. This is not looking good. Also, the four teams competing in the championship games all had positive turnover ratios. Taking care of the ball is an obvious need and the Chiefs are not doing that.
Finally, winning in division. Again this is obvious; however, it is a fundamental attribution to victory in the NFL. We have not had a winning season against the division since 2006. I realize that the division is tough; however, it is a majority of the schedule that a team must play. Succes in a divsion leads to many great things (with the exception of the 2010 Raiders who went 6-0 in divison but failed to make the playoffs). The Chiefs are 12-19 against divsion opponents since 2006 and 4 of those wins came against the Raiders (All in Oakland). To be even would be an improvement, but to win only close to 33 % of the division games is shameful. To make it worse is that 8 of those 12 were on the road. If only we could win the home divisonal games.
The bottom line is these statistics demonstrate areas in which the chiefs lack and cannot fulfill at this moment. The inability to win at home, in divdion, and without turnovers is disconcerning. Until these problems become obsolete, the Chiefs will continue to loose. I hope that this will soon be remedied; however, with a home game against the Baltimore ravens on Sunday, I find it hard to believe that it will happen this week. The next probable shot at victory in a home game is against the Oakland Raiders and we haven't beaten them at Arrowhead since 2006. Good luck Chiefs. It's going to be a long season!!!!