Heads, the Kansas City Chiefs take it away. Tails, the Kansas City Chiefs take it away. That's the way things are going this season, with the team having one of the most bizarre series in the NFL.
"It's kind of a joke," quarterback Patrick Mahomes told the press (via Kansas City Star). "I do not think there is pressure. What must happen will happen. At the same time, everyone knows that the draw is underway. "
Ah, "the draw". After nine games in the regular season and the last three in the pre-season, the team has achieved an incredible result: 12 to 12 in the draw.
"It's one of the most nervous points in the game for me right now," joked Mahomes.
The Star was looking for records on coins and found only a few nuggets, naturally, strange. The Chicago Bears won 14 consecutive wins in 2016-17 and the Detroit Lions had a 14-game series in 2004-05. In 2013, the Carolina Panthers won eight straight victories after losing 13 defeats at the start of the 2012 season.
Phil Deming, a professor of statistics at the University of Missouri, did the math for the Star and calculated that there was a 0.0244% chance that the team would win 12 shots in a row. Even coach Andy Reid admitted that the feat is "ridiculous".
At this point, you have to wonder if there is a strategy or some kind of juju, but the chiefs swear that this is not the case. Like most NFL members, the team selects weekly captains from the offensive, defense and special teams. These players, as well as the match officials and the captains of the opponent, participate in the draw in the midfield. According to the Star, Cam Erving, Reggie Ragland and Eric Murray called the lineup last week. Sammy Watkins, Kendall Fuller and James Winchester had called the week before.
You can make fun of the importance of this, but winning the draw means that a team can choose to kick in at the beginning of the match or at the start of the second half. In nine regular season games, the leaders have chosen to postpone. And out of the nine opening possessions, the Chiefs' defense imposed seven kickoffs, forced a downward turn and allowed only one goal on the pitch. By the way, Kansas City is 8-1.
No other NFL team has won the draw more than six times this year. the Patriots have only won twice, according to Pro Football Reference. The teams that win the draw are 74-58-2 this season, according to the site.
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