The Chiefs’ 20-17 loss to the Eagles on Friday dropped them to 0-3 this preseason — and 0-7 in preseason games since Todd Haley took over the team. In fact, the Chiefs are the only team in the NFL without a preseason win since 2008, when they went 2-2. Not good news for a team that’s won 10 total regular season games over the last three seasons.
On the flip side, take another team that’s earned a reputation for underperforming in the preseason — the Colts. The Colts, like the Chiefs, have only two preseason wins since 2008. But the Colts went 26-6 over the last two regular seasons. The Chiefs? The exact opposite — 6-26.
There is room for optimism in Kansas City. They turned a 10-0 deficit into a 14-13 lead when both teams used their starters. They registered five sacks. And the team will play in front of a national audience on Sept. 13, unveiling the renovated Arrowhead Stadium in a game against the Chargers.
“Any time you can win, that’s a good thing,” Haley said. If we were 3-0 in the preseason right now I would probably be out there saying these games don’t matter. We’re 3-0 and this doesn’t mean anything.
“When it comes to September 13th, if we play better, we have a great chance of winning the game. That’s all we’re trying to get done here, we’re trying to do everything we can do to be ready to play that game. If we were 2-1, 1-2, 0-3, 3-0 it’s not going to matter, it’s just not. It’s going to matter September 13th.”