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1980 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marv Levy
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 8-8
Place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1979 1981

The 1980 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with an 8-8 record, the team's first winning season since 1972, but no playoff berth.

Beginning the new decade, the Chiefs selected guard Brad Budde, the son of Chiefs Hall of Fame guard Ed Budde, as the team's first-round draft choice, making the Buddes the first father-son combination to become first-round draftees of the same team in NFL history.[1] In a then-controversial move on August 26, the Chiefs released placekicker Jan Stenerud, who at the time was club’s all-time leading scorer. He was replaced by journeyman Nick Lowery, who had been cut 11 times by eight different teams himself.[1]

After enduring an 0-4 start, the club rebounded to post a four-game winning streak.[1] After Steve Fuller was sidelined with a knee injury late in the season, former Miami 12th-round draft choice Bill Kenney became the team's starting quarterback. He was so anonymous that when he appeared in that contest, the name on the back of his jersey was inadvertently misspelled “Kenny.”[1] Kenney went on to lead the club to a 31-14 victory against Denver on December 7 in his initial NFL start. The defense continued to evolve as defensive end Art Still and safety Gary Barbaro became the first Chiefs defensive players to be elected to the Pro Bowl in five seasons.[1] The Chiefs finished the year at 8-8, the club’s highest victory tally since 1972.[1]

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 7, 1980 Oakland Raiders L 27-14
2 September 14, 1980 Seattle Seahawks L 17-16
3 September 21, 1980 at Cleveland Browns L 20-13
4 September 28, 1980 San Diego Chargers L 24-7
5 October 5, 1980 at Oakland Raiders W 31-17
6 October 12, 1980 Houston Oilers W 21-10
7 October 19, 1980 at Denver Broncos W 23-17
8 October 26, 1980 Detroit Lions W 20-17
9 November 2, 1980 Baltimore Colts L 31-24
10 November 9, 1980 at Seattle Seahawks W 31-30
11 November 16, 1980 at San Diego Chargers L 20-7
12 November 23, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals W 21-13
13 November 30, 1980 Cincinnati Bengals L 20-6
14 December 7, 1980 Denver Broncos W 31-14
15 December 14, 1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-16
16 December 21, 1980 at Baltimore Colts W 38-28

Standings

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 .688 364 306
San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 418 327
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 319 336
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 310 323
Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 .250 291 408

References

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1980 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XV
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