By beating the Cleveland Browns 23-17 on Sunday, the Chiefs improved to 8-0 and became the first team in NFL history to start 8-0 after posting the worst record in the league (2-14) the previous season.
In the Super Bowl era, 20 teams have started 8-0, and all 20 qualified for the playoffs. Twelve of those 20 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and eight won the Super Bowl.
“I’ve never been 8-0; I’ve never been 4-0,” said veteran Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, the club’s elder statesman. “I’ve seen everything the good, the bad and the ugly, but that’s why our character is so strong, because of what we’ve been through.
“We’ve been working our rears off. I don’t want to say we deserve to be 8-0, but this is what it is, and we’re riding with it.”
The Chiefs also became the fourth team since 1970 to allow 17 points or less in each of their first eight games of a season.