The Kansas City Chiefs saw their playoff hopes go down the drain on Saturday when Sebastian Janikowski nailed an OT FG to give the Raiders a 16-13 win.
The loss was made even more excruciating by the fact that both the Broncos and Chargers lost, meaning had the Chiefs beaten the Raiders, they would have played for the AFC West Championship this week in Denver.
But alas, that was not the way things went. Truth be told, after all the injuries, QB changes and wacky bounces the Chiefs’ season took in 2011, the fact that the team was 6-8 with two weeks to go playing in a relevant football game was remarkable in itself.
The Chiefs have some big, big decisions to make but the good news is that they are pretty much even with the rest of the teams in the AFC West. One of these teams is eventually going to step up and grab this division by the throat. Let’s hope it’s the Chiefs.
We’ll get you ready for the Broncos game later on today. Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
Kyle Orton might also be auditioning for a job. The quarterback is a free agent after this season, and general manager Scott Pioli might try to sign him to create competition for Matt Cassel, who went down with a season-ending injury to his throwing hand earlier this season.Crennel, who was 24-40 in four seasons as head coach in Cleveland, has said he wants the Kansas City job on a permanent basis, and Pioli has already indicated he’ll be formally interviewed for the position after the season ends next Sunday at Denver.
Despite Denver’s 40-14 loss at Buffalo, the Broncos remain very much alive in the postseason race. Denver can clinch the AFC West title with a win next Sunday over Kansas City – or with an Oakland Raiders loss against San Diego.The Raiders eliminated the Kansas City Chiefs from postseason contention with an overtime victory, but San Diego and Oakland are still alive in the playoff chase. However, both teams have a shot at extending their seasons only if Denver loses to Kansas City.
And then there’s the juicy storyline of Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton’s return to Denver after being kicked to the curb to make room for Tebow. The Broncos will have their hands full next Sunday, but even if they lose, they still could win the division, as long as the Raiders also fall.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen