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
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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]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Name Position College
1 11 Brad Budde Guard USC
3 66 James Hadnot Running back Texas Tech

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 Oakland Raiders L 27-14
54,269
2 September 14, 1980 Seattle Seahawks L 17-16
42,403
3 September 21, 1980 at Cleveland Browns L 20-13
63,614
4 September 28, 1980 San Diego Chargers L 24-7
45,161
5 October 5, 1980 at Oakland Raiders W 31-17
40,153
6 October 12, 1980 Houston Oilers W 21-10
75,048
7 October 19, 1980 at Denver Broncos W 23-17
74,459
8 October 26, 1980 Detroit Lions W 20-17
59,391
9 November 2, 1980 Baltimore Colts L 31-24
52,383
10 November 9, 1980 at Seattle Seahawks W 31-30
58,976
11 November 16, 1980 at San Diego Chargers L 20-7
50,248
12 November 23, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals W 21-13
42,871
13 November 30, 1980 Cincinnati Bengals L 20-6
41,594
14 December 7, 1980 Denver Broncos W 31-14
40,237
15 December 14, 1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-16
50,013
16 December 21, 1980 at Baltimore Colts W 38-28
16,941

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1980 AFC West standings

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

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1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 0 14 6 27
Chiefs 7 0 0 7 14

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO

  • Date: September 7
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 82°F, wind 10 mph
  • Box Score

References[edit | edit source]

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