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Are the Chiefs the worst 9-0 team in NFL history? Stats say no

Updated: 2013-11-06T00:50:55Z

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Are the Chiefs the worst 9-0 team in NFL history, as some have suggested?

Here are the season averages and NFL rankings in five statistical categories for the 19 teams to start at least 9-0 in the Super Bowl era (This year’s Chiefs averages are through nine games; the rest are for each team’s full season). Then we calculated each team’s average ranking and sorted them from worst to best.

The best team … the 1972 Dolphins, the only NFL team to finish the regular season and postseason undefeated.

And the worst team, according to the average ranking, is … not the 2013 Chiefs, or even the 2003 Chiefs. It’s a three-way tie among the 2006 and 2009 Colts and the 2011 Packers, who allowed the most yards in the NFL.

And while the Chiefs’ offensive rankings for yards and points are the worst among the teams on this list, their averages in each category are higher than other teams.

Season Team Start Finish Playoffs Points per game Yards per game Points allowed per game Yards allowed per game Turnover ratio Average NFL rank
2006Colts9-012-4Won Super Bowl26.7 (2)379.4 (3)22.5 (23)332.3 (21)plus-7 (6)11.0
2009Colts14-014-2Lost Super Bowl26.0 (7)363.1 (9)19.2 (8)339.2 (18)plus-2 (13)11.0
2011 Packers13-015-1Lost NFC playoff35.0 (1)405.1 (1)22.4 (19)411.6 (32)plus-24 (2)11.0
2003Chiefs9-013-3Lost AFC playoff30.2 (1)369.8 (2)20.8 (19)356.7 (29)plus-19 (1)10.4
2013Chiefs9-0TBATBA23.9 (16)317.3 (25)12.3 (1)326.9 (8)plus-15 (1)10.2
2009 Saints13-013-3Won Super Bowl31.9 (1)403.8 (1)21.3 (20)357.8 (25)plus-11 (3)10.0
2008Titans10-013-3Lost AFC playoff23.4 (14)313.6 (21)14.6 (2)293.6 (7)plus-14 (2)9.2
1990Giants10-013-3Won Super Bowl20.9 (15)300.3 (17)13.2 (1)262.9 (2)plus-20 (2)7.4
1973Vikings9-012-2Lost Super Bowl21.1 (9)302.2 (7)12.0 (2)276.3 (12)plus-10 (5)7.0
1984Dolphins11-014-2Lost Super Bowl32.1 (1)433.5 (1)18.6 (7)338.8 (19)plus-8 (5)6.6
1998Broncos13-014-2Won Super Bowl31.3 (2)380.8 (3)19.3 (8)308.4 (11)plus-10 (5)5.8
1969LA Rams11-011-3Lost NFC championship22.9 (4)281.0 (12)17.4 (5)285.8 (6)plus-20 (1)5.6
199049ers10-014-2Lost NFC championship22.1 (8)368.4 (2)14.9 (2)267.1 (3)plus-1 (9)4.8
2005Colts13-014-2Lost AFC playoff27.4 (2)362.4 (3)15.4 (2)307.1 (11)plus-12 (4)4.4
1975 Vikings10-012-2Lost NFC playoff26.9 (3)353.9 (5)12.9 (3)225.2 (1)plus-16 (2)2.8
2007Patriots16-016-0Lost Super Bowl36.8 (1)411.3 (1)17.1 (4)288.3 (4)plus-16 (3)2.6
1985 Bears12-015-1Won Super Bowl28.5 (2)364.8 (7)12.4 (1)258.4 (1)plus-23 (1)2.4
1991Washington11-014-2Won Super Bowl30.3 (1)358.8 (4)14.0 (2)268.3 (3)plus-18 (1)2.2
1972Dolphins14-014-0Won Super Bowl27.5 (1)359.7 (1)12.2 (1)235.5 (1)plus-18 (2)1.2

Source: Pro-FootballReference.com

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