The 1968 Kansas City Chiefs season was the 9th season for the Kansas City Chiefs as a professional AFL franchise; They finished with a 12–2 record, resulting in a tie for first place in the AFL Western Division with the Oakland Raiders, before the Raiders won the championship in a tiebreaker playoff, defeating the Chiefs 41–6. A location in Eastern Jackson County was chosen as the site and groundbreaking ceremonies took place in July with plans calling for a unique rolling roof design.
The 1968 Chiefs boasted one of the finest defenses ever assembled by the club, allowing an AFL record (and still franchise-low) 170 points, or 12.1 points per game. The nucleus of the defensive unit was clearly in its prime, producing six AFL All-Stars, including all three of the squad's linebackers.
Offensively, quarterback Len Dawson led the AFL in passing for the fourth time. Guard Ed Budde won the AFL Offensive Player of the Week award for the October 20 game against the Raiders. It was the first time the award was given to an interior lineman.
The Chiefs began the season with a 7–1 record and rattled off five straight victories to close the regular season at 12–2, sharing the division crown with the Raiders and setting up their playoff on December 22, in which the Raiders advanced to the AFL Championship Game against the New York Jets. The loss to Oakland was a major event in the Chiefs' rivalry with the Raiders, one of the NFL's most storied feuds.
|1968 Kansas City Chiefs season|
|Head coach||Hank Stram|
|Home field||Municipal Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Lost Western Division playoff game (at Raiders) 6-41|
|AFL All-Stars||QB Len Dawson|
G Ed Budde
DT Buck Buchanan
DE Jerry Mays
LB Jim Lynch
LB Willie Lanier
LB Bobby Bell
CB Emmitt Thomas
S Johnny Robinson
K Jan Stenerud
|1968 Kansas City Chiefs roster|
|1||September 10, 1968||at Houston Oilers||W 26–21|
|2||September 15, 1968||New York Jets||L 20–19|
|3||September 22, 1968||Denver Broncos||W 34–2|
|4||September 28, 1968||at Miami Dolphins||W 48–3|
|5||October 5, 1968||at Buffalo Bills||W 18–7|
|6||October 13, 1968||Cincinnati Bengals||W 13–3|
|7||October 20, 1968||Oakland Raiders||W 24–10|
|8||October 27, 1968||San Diego Chargers||W 27–20|
|9||November 3, 1968||at Oakland Raiders||L 38–21|
|10||November 10, 1968||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 16–9|
|11||November 17, 1968||Boston Patriots||W 31–17|
|13||November 28, 1968||Houston Oilers||W 24–10|
|14||December 8, 1968||at San Diego Chargers||W 40–3|
|15||December 14, 1968||at Denver Broncos||W 30–7|
|AFL Western Division|
|Kansas City Chiefs||12||2||0||.857||7–1||371||170||W5|
|San Diego Chargers||9||5||0||.643||5–3||382||310||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.
|Playoff appearances (20)|
|Division championships (10)|
|League championships (3)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold