After the KC Chiefs beat the Patriots on Thursday night, my mind started to move to the Eagles game and I wondered: How do Andy Reid and the Chiefs do after a signature win? You know, a victory similar to what they just had.
What exactly is a signature win though? I talked with the Blogfather and he suggested beating a team that finished with 10-plus wins could be a good way to quantify what a signature win is or close to it (the other option was my subjective look at signature wins).
Using Joel’s suggestion I decided to find all of the Chiefs signature wins from 2013 onward and see how the Chiefs have played in their next game. The goal is to see if the Chiefs are susceptible to victory hangovers.
Before we get started I wanted to list three signature wins from my first list I excluded with our 10-plus win rule.
2015 Wild Card @ Texans – This is a signature win because it is a playoff win. I chose to exclude it because I did not want to include postseason games in the data. The Chiefs lost to the Patriots 20-27 in their next game which happened to be a Divisional round playoff game.
2016 Week 1 vs Chargers – This was the crazy comeback game where the Chiefs somehow won. I would consider this a signature win because of how incredible the comeback was but excluded this game from the list because the Chargers finished the year with less than 10 wins. In the Chiefs next game they lost to the Texans 12-19 in what was a pathetic offensive output by the Chiefs.
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