|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
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.
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.
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|1||at Houston Oilers||W 26-21||1-0||Houston Astrodome||45,083||Recap|
|2||September 15||New York Jets||L 19-20||1-1||Municipal Stadium||48,871||Recap|
|3||September 22||Denver Broncos||W 34-2||2-1||Municipal Stadium||45,821||Recap|
|4||at Miami Dolphins||W 48-3||3-1||Miami Orange Bowl||28,501||Recap|
|5||at Buffalo Bills||W 18-7||4-1||War Memorial Stadium||40,748||Recap|
|6||October 13||Cincinnati Bengals||W 13-3||5-1||Municipal Stadium||47,096||Recap|
|7||October 20||Oakland Raiders||W 24-10||6-1||Municipal Stadium||50,015||Recap|
|8||October 27||San Diego Chargers||W 27-20||7-1||Municipal Stadium||50,344||Recap|
|9||November 3||at Oakland Raiders||L 21-38||7-2||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum||53,357||Recap|
|10||November 10||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 16-9||8-2||Nippert Stadium||25,537||Recap|
|11||November 17||Boston Patriots||W 31-17||9-2||Municipal Stadium||48,271||Recap|
|13||November 28||Houston Oilers||W 24-10||10-2||Municipal Stadium||48,493||Recap|
|14||December 8||at San Diego Chargers||W 40-3||11-2||San Diego Stadium||51,174||Recap|
|15||at Denver Broncos||W 30-7||12-2||Mile High Stadium||38,463||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|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.
Oakland Raiders 41, Kansas City Chiefs 6