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The Kansas City Chiefs 31-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins is one for the Books

Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 7, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs 31-3 loss to the winless Miami Dolphins was an anomaly.  There’s nothing else that can be said about that.

The Chiefs entered the game with a four game win streak, and it looked as if they fully recovered from what was one of the NFL’s worst ever starts to season.   But on their home field, the Chiefs were dismantled by the 0-7 Dolphins.

In the history of the NFL, there have been 58 teams that have lost a game by 28 points or more, after they entered a game with a four game or more winning streak (going back to previous seasons when applicable).

Only 16 of those 58 teams lost such a game at home, with only three of those teams losing to an opponent with a losing record.  Checkout the list below.

Bold: Losing Record

Year Wk Team W Strk Team Record Score Margin
1940 3 Packers 6 vs Bears 0-0 10-41 -31
1943 DIV Giants 4 vs Redskins 6-3-1 0-28 -28
1944 10 Redskins 5 vs Eagles 4-0-2 7-37 -30
1960 11 Chargers 4 vs Bills 3-6 3-32 -29
1961 3 Lions 6 vs 49ers 1-1 0-49 -49
1965 5 Bills 7 vs Chargers 3-0-1 3-34 -31
1967 2 Eagles 5 vs Colts 1-0 6-38 -32
1970 6 Dolphins 4 vs Browns 3-2 0-28 -28
1975 CC Rams 7 vs Cowboys 11-4 7-37 -30
1977 11 Cardinals 6 vs Dolphins 7-3 14-55 -41
1987 WC Saints 9 vs Vikings 8-7 10-44 -34
1995 1 Giants 6 vs Cowboys 0-0 0-35 -35
1999 2 Giants 5 vs Redskins 0-1 21-50 -29
2007 11 Bills 4 vs Patriots 9-0 10-56 -46
2010 14 Bears 5 vs Patriots 10-2 7-36 -29
2011 9 Chiefs 4 vs Dolphins 0-7 3-31 -28

Now we we’ll examine another rare occurrence of ineptitude by the Chiefs this Sunday.   The Chiefs loss marks only the 3rd time in NFL history that a team with a four game or more winning streak, lost to a winless team this late in the season.   The Chiefs are the only team in such a situation to lose by double-digit points.

Year Wk Team W Strk Team Record Pts Margin
1997 12 Packers 5 at Colts 0-10 38-41 -3
2007 10 Saints 4 vs Rams 0-8 29-37 -8
2011 9 Chiefs 4 vs Dolphins 0-7 3-31 -28

The Chiefs are also only the third team in NFL history, to lose to a winless team with seven losses or more, by 28 points or more.

Year Wk Team Team Record Pts Margin
1969 8 Steelers at Bears 0-7 7-38 -31
2002 9 Texans vs Bengals 0-7 3-38 -35
2011 9 Chiefs vs Dolphins 0-7 3-31 -28

Reference: Pro-Football-Reference.com

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