Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City
By SEAN KEELER  |  Last updated 11/4/13
KANSAS CITY, MO. -- The mad march through history continues. You like numbers? Oh, we've got numbers: The Kansas City Chiefs are now the first team in NFL history to be 9-0 in the first season of a new starting quarterback and new head coach, the first team to start 9-0 after winning two or fewer games the year before, and the first team to start 9-0 after coming off the previous season's worst record. The improvement of plus-seven wins from 2012's 2-14 disaster is already the biggest single-season improvement from one year to another in franchise annals. And we've still got seven more to play... CHIEFS 23, BILLS 13: THREE FREAKING AWESOME MONDAY QUESTIONS :03 ... Thanks to Smith and Hali, that's seven non-offensive touchdowns -- five on defense -- on the season, right? How close is that to a team record? It's on the right pace, let's put that way. The club record for defensive touchdowns in a single fall is nine, set by that Gunther Cunningham bunch in 1999. The club record for returns in a season is 11, set in 1992 and matched by that aforementioned '99 squad. The Chiefs have four Pick-6s through nine games; the club mark for interception returns in a single season is six, set in 1992. The single-season record for fumble returns for scores is four, back in 1999. And, hey, here's some more, while we're up: The Chiefs have two special-teams touchdowns; the club record for a season is five, set in 1986 and tied in 1987. :02 ... Big-picture, what does 10-0 mean? First things first -- Peyton Manning is going have something to say about that, ya feel. But 15 NFL teams since 1969 have opened a season with 10 straight wins, and here are how those seasons played out: 1969 Rams 0-1 in the playoffs 1972 Dolphins Won Super Bowl 1973 Vikings Lost Super Bowl 1975 Vikings 0-1 in the playoffs 1984 Dolphins Lost Super Bowl 1985 Bears Won Super Bowl 1990 49ers 1-1 in playoffs 1990 Giants Won Super Bowl 1991 Redskins Won Super Bowl 1998 Broncos Won Super Bowl 2005 Colts 0-1 in the playoffs 2007 Patriots Lost Super Bowl 2009 Colts Lost Super Bowl 2009 Saints Won Super Bowl 2011 Packers 0-1 in the playoffs If you're counting, of those 15 clubs, 10 reached the Super Bowl, or 66.7 percent. Of those 15, six -- 40 percent -- won the whole shebang. On the flip side, four of those teams -- 26.7 -- lost their only postseason game. So while there are a whole lot of Super Bowl appearances out of this particular fraternity, it guarantees you absolutely zilch. :01 ... OK, then, genius, then what does being the last unbeaten mean? Flip a coin. Since 1984, there've been 31 clubs that have been the last unbeaten NFL franchise in any particular year, and here's how they fared: Missed the playoffs entirely: 1 team (Saints,'93) Eliminated in the Wild Card round: 3 teams (including the Chiefs of '10) Eliminated in the Divisional Round: 6 teams (including the Chiefs of '03) Eliminated in the Conference Championship: 5 Reached the Super Bowl: 16 Won the Super Bowl: 10 More percentages, then: Based on this particular sample size, the last unbeaten team in the NFL -- in this case, the 9-0 Chiefs, has a 51.6 percent of reaching the Super Bowl and a 32.3 percent chance of winning it. Again, even the final destination of this journey remains up in the air, it's hard not to get a little stoked about those kind of beautiful odds. You can follow Sean Keeler on Twitter @seankeeler or email him at seanmkeeler@gmail.com.
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