1. Andy Reid and his mustache.
The Kansas City Chiefs were the worst team in the NFL last year. They couldn’t defend. They couldn’t score. Each week they looked increasingly inept and apathetic. Exit Romeo Crennel, enter Andy Reid. The former Eagles coach wasted little time finding a new job after being given the boot in Philadelphia and he’s wasted even less time in turning around the Chiefs franchise. Today, their defense is arguably the most intimidating in the NFL and their offense is putting up points. Their 6-0 record is tied for the best in the league with division rival Denver Broncos. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Andy’s mustache looks fantastic in red and gold.
2. They’re the type of franchise you want to see do well.
The Kansas City Chiefs are old-school NFL. They have good ownership, loyal fans, classic uniforms and plenty of tradition. While they are frequently competitive, they haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. They’re the sixth-smallest market in the NFL, yet they are always near the top of the league in attendance. The Chiefs being competitive is good for football.
3. This dude’s personalized jersey.
If this doesn’t get you fired up for Chiefs football I don’t know what to tell you.
4. The loudest fans in the NFL.
Seattle and their “12th Man” always gets praised for having the loudest fans in the NFL, but their stadium was built in 2002 with the sole purpose of amplifying sound. Earlier this season the Seattle fans broke a Guinness World Record for crowd noise, but this past weekend the Chiefs broke the month-old record — and they did it in Arrowhead Stadium, which was built in 1972, making it the sixth-oldest stadium in the NFL .
5. Alex Smith’s revenge tour.
There was a time when Alex Smith seemed destined to join the pantheon of draft busts. While Smith may always be “the guy the 49ers drafted instead of Aaron Rogers,” he has become more than a serviceable NFL quarterback. Since the start of the 2011 season, Smith is a mind-boggling 27-6-1 as a starting QB. But due to an untimely concussion last season he lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick — and never got it back. During the off-season he was traded to Kansas City and has given the Chiefs offense some very, very-much-needed stability under center after the Matt Cassell era. He may not be setting the world on fire like Peyton Manning, but he’s winning games and that’s all that matters. Plus, who doesn’t love a redemption story?
The Chiefs’ traditional mascot is horse named Warpaint that runs around the field after touchdowns. Warpaint is ridden by a Chiefs cheerleader named Susie who has won multiple riding championships. Horses are always cool, but cheerleaders riding horses? Super cool.
7. Eric Berry and his fear of Warpaint.
Eric Berry is one of the most athletic safeties in the NFL. He’s already a two-time Pro Bowler at the ripe age of 24 and his potential goes for days — that is, if he can avoid Warpaint. Berry’s biggest weakness on the field is his crippling fear of the Kansas City Chiefs’ living mascot. Berry is terrified of horses and it makes him infinitely likable.
8. These brazen young men.
They totally got her number too.
9. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
The biggest reason the Chiefs have been so successful this season is the play of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. The two star Chiefs linebackers have been menaces to opposing quarterbacks, registering a combined 16.5 sacks.
10. This classic Snickers commercial.
“Looks great! But who are the Chefs?”
11. Everybody loves an underdog.
These guys were so bad last season that halfway though the season they hadn’t led a game for even one second — not a single second. Today, they’re tied with the Broncos for the best record in football, and yet they still feel like underdogs. They’re holding opponents to a league-best 10.8 points per game, but people will still call them a fluke. When it comes down to it the Chiefs are a likable group of underdogs who are in the midst of one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history. So jump on the bandwagon now — before they upset the Broncos next month.