For Week 11, the Kansas City Chiefs will debut a storied alternate uniform design.
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The Kansas City Chiefs revealed on Friday that they will play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football while sporting their white-on-white jersey combo. Last year, the Chiefs wore it twice, including in Week 15’s Thursday Night Football matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The white-on-white style has a troubled history in Kansas City, despite the fact that the jersey combination is somewhat of a fan favourite. When the Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I, they were sporting the same set of uniforms.
Hank Stram, a superstitious man, decided to outlaw the white-on-white uniform combination after his team lost that game, and it was banned for more than 20 years.
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The white-on-white jerseys were introduced by Marty Schottenheimer in 1989, and they have been worn on occasion ever since.
They have debuted them for games in prime time three times during the Patrick Mahomes era (against the Rams in 2018 and the Raiders and Chargers in 2021). On each of those three occasions, the Chiefs scored between 34 and 51 points.
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Fans are hoping the white-on-white lineup creates the opportunity for another high-scoring contest versus the Chargers. Since Week 4, Los Angeles has failed to score more than 23 points in a single game.
The outcome of this AFC West game might mean the difference between Kansas City having an unstoppable lead over the division or giving Los Angeles the impetus they need to go back into contention.