1982 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head Coach Marv Levy
Home Field Arrowhead Stadium
Results
Record 3–6
Place 11th AFC*
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1982 Kansas City Chiefs season ended in a 3–6 record that resulted from the NFL Players Association strike that shortened the season.

In May 1982, running back Joe Delaney underwent surgery to repair a detached retina in his eye, a radical procedure at the time.[1] Optimism abounded at Arrowhead Stadium thanks to the club’s promising 9–7 record from 1981, but swelling labor unrest from NFL players spelled doom for both the Chiefs and Levy in 1982. The Chiefs split their first two games of the year before a 57-day strike by the NFL Players Association began at midnight on September 20. The strike concluded on November 17 after seven games were canceled and one was rescheduled, but the Chiefs would never recover, dropping four straight games after their return to the field.[1] Center Jack Rudnay, who had been one of the franchise’s most durable and decorated offensive performers over the past decade, announced on December 20 that he would retire after the season. Despite wins in two of the season’s final three games, the Levy era concluded as the club finished the strike-shortened campaign at 3–6.[1]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Buffalo Bills L 14–9
76,383
2 September 19, 1982 San Diego Chargers W 19–12
60,514
3 November 21, 1982 at New Orleans Saints L 27–17
39,341
4 November 28, 1982 at Los Angeles Rams L 20–14
45,793
5 December 5, 1982 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–14
52,090
6 December 12, 1982 Los Angeles Raiders L 21–16
26,307
7 December 19, 1982 at Denver Broncos W 37–16
74,192
8 December 26, 1982 San Francisco 49ers L 26–13
24,319
9 January 2, 1983 New York Jets W 37–13
11,902

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders 8 1 0 .889 260 200
Miami Dolphins 7 2 0 .778 198 131
Cincinnati Bengals 7 2 0 .778 232 177
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 0 .667 204 146
San Diego Chargers 6 3 0 .667 288 221
New York Jets 6 3 0 .667 245 166
New England Patriots 5 4 0 .556 143 157
Cleveland Browns 4 5 0 .444 140 182
Buffalo Bills 4 5 0 .444 150 154
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 .444 127 147
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 176 184
Denver Broncos 2 7 0 .222 148 226
Houston Oilers 1 8 0 .111 136 245
Baltimore Colts 0 8 1 .056 113 236

[2]

Qualified for playoffs

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kansas City Chiefs History – 1980's
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 294
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