When the festivities and hostilities kick off this Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High, it will be the 100th regular season matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs franchises.
There is nothing like a good rivalry game to stir fans up, and ours undoubtedly will be very vocal Sunday, in spite of and maybe even because of the fact that the season has not gone well so far.
This is a matchup that at this time is led by Kansas City, 54-45-0, with the Broncos having taken the only postseason meeting, 14-10 in Kansas City on their way to the world championship in Super Bowl XXXII.
The Chiefs began life as the Dallas Texans from 1960-62, and I always loved that original Texans helmet, which had a map of the state on each side, with a single star marking the location of Dallas.
The Broncos would never have begun at all had it not been for the perseverance of Dallas owner Lamar Hunt, who started his own league when he could not get a franchise in the NFL, and who then stuck with his AFL guys when the NFL honchos made a final effort to kill off the new league by finally giving Hunt a franchise.
The eight owners of the AFL teams were dubbed “The Foolish Club.”
But it’s not how you are born, it’s how you grow, and these two franchises grew just fine. The Texans moved from Dallas to Kansas City in 1963 and altogether won 25 of the first 27 games against the Broncos.
So considering Denver only winning twice in the first 27 times out, the Broncos since then are 43-29 against this week’s opponents.
At home the Broncos are 29-6 against the Chiefs franchise from 1973 over the last 37 years, and the Broncos will be looking to put up number 30 on the home ledger this Sunday.
When AFC West teams get together you never know what you might see. Last year the winning team scored 44 points in each of the home and away games, with the visiting team on top both times.
Three Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks have been featured in this series, John Elway for the Broncos and Len Dawson and Joe Montana for the Chiefs.
Fans have seen the Chiefs outscore the Broncos by 2,345 to 2004 total regular season points, so that 341-point differential is one the Broncos are not likely to put much of a dent in this week, but that’s Okay.
Denver is just looking to outscore them by one!