KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whatever advantage the Kansas City Chiefs might have once had by playing at Arrowhead Stadium is gone. The Chiefs have lost their last four regular-season home games, two by double-digit margins and a third in which they were far less competitive than the final seven-point margin might suggest.
So perhaps it’s a good thing for the Chiefs that they are on the road for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs have also lost their last three away from home, including the playoff game against Indianapolis.
A strong case could be made they should have won each of those three. The first was the final regular-season game last season in San Diego, where the Chiefs benched their key starters to rest them for the playoffs. They lost in overtime, but only after Ryan Succop missed a field goal attempt that would have provided a victory at the end of the fourth quarter.
Then came the collapse in Indianapolis, where the Chiefs led by 28 points in the third quarter before losing by one. The Chiefs, down by seven last week in Denver, got as far as the Broncos’ 2 late in the fourth quarter before Alex Smith’s fourth-quarter pass into the end zone was incomplete.
The Chiefs have been competitive on the road, at least. That doesn’t even count the lopsided December wins the Chiefs put together last season against Washington and Oakland.
This guarantees the Chiefs nothing on Sunday against the Dolphins, of course. But at this point you have to feel better about their chances to win or even merely stay competitive because the game will be played in South Florida.