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1980 Kansas City Chiefs season

1980 Kansas City Chiefs season
Head coach Marv Levy
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Record 8–8
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1980 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with an 8–8 record, the most wins for the franchise since an 8-6 season in 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]


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 Oakland Raiders L 27-14
2 September 14, 1980 Seattle Seahawks L 17-16
3 September 21, 1980 at Cleveland Browns L 20-13
4 September 28, 1980 San Diego Chargers L 24-7
5 October 5, 1980 at Oakland Raiders W 31-17
6 October 12, 1980 Houston Oilers W 21-10
7 October 19, 1980 at Denver Broncos W 23-17
8 October 26, 1980 Detroit Lions W 20-17
9 November 2, 1980 Baltimore Colts L 31-24
10 November 9, 1980 at Seattle Seahawks W 31-30
11 November 16, 1980 at San Diego Chargers L 20-7
12 November 23, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals W 21-13
13 November 30, 1980 Cincinnati Bengals L 20-6
14 December 7, 1980 Denver Broncos W 31-14
15 December 14, 1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-16
16 December 21, 1980 at Baltimore Colts W 38-28


Game summaries

Week 1: Oakland Raiders

1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 0 14627
Chiefs 7 0 0714

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO

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


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