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Will The Chiefs Clinch An AFC Playoff Spot in Week 15?

Get your party hats ready, because unless the 4-9 Oakland Raiders channel the power of “the black hole” and pull a quick one on Kansas City, the Chiefs will make the playoffs this weekend.

Even so, even if Oakland does somehow find a way to win—and let’s be frank, that’s always possible considering how hard it is to win on the road in the NFL—there are still two other scenarios that would see the Chiefs clinch a playoff spot.

First and foremost though, let’s talk about a Kansas City win.

Things were admittedly dark and dreary during the three-game losing skid that saw the Chiefs lose to the Broncos twice and the Chargers at home, but Chiefs’ Kingdom seems to be back in the holiday spirit now that the team is back on the winning track.

Yes, Kansas City beat a Redskins team in turmoil, but a win is a win is a win in the NFL, and it’s especially impressive when it happens on the road. In inclement, snowy weather, mind you. Not only that, but the way the Chiefs won was incredibly impressive.

For possibly the first time all season, the Chiefs put together a complete game. They dominated all three phases for all four quarters, and the scoreboard reflected that. Leaning on another great performance from the defense, an exhilarating day from special teams and a solid day from the offense; the Chiefs left Washington with a 45-10 win.

Celebrate good times, come on.

Kansas City must head back onto the road again in Week 15, and against a divisional rival. This game promises to be a tough one.

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The Raiders have the fourth best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 134.4 yard per game on the ground. Running back Rashad Jennings leads the way with 588 yards and four touchdowns, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor can get it done with his legs as well. He’s rushed for 508 yards and two touchdowns this season. For the record, Matt McGloin will start for Oakland, but expect to see Pryor as well.

Remember what Kansas City did to Washington, though. The Redskins had the best rushing average in the league, and Kansas City’s defense held them to just 65-yards on the ground, with only 31 from Alfred Morris. If the Chiefs can put together another complete performance, they can compete with the best teams in this league, let alone the Raiders. So, a win should be the expectation here this weekend.

If the Chiefs win (or tie), they’ll clinch the wildcard spot, and that’s scenario No. 1.

Scenario No. 2  is a bit trickier, but it’s still a good possibility.

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The 7-6 Dolphins welcome New England this weekend, and if the ‘Phins lose or tie, Kansas City will clinch. New England is 10-3 and can clinch the AFC East Division with a win. This seems like the type of game that Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick live for, so, I wouldn’t bet against the Pats.

Finally, if Kansas City loses and Miami wins—both improbable in my estimation—the Chiefs will have to rely on the Detroit Lions, which is never a fun thing to do.

The Lions play the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football this week, and the Chiefs can make the playoffs if the Ravens lose or tie. This would be the scariest of all three scenarios, considering the Lions are in the middle of an implosion, but Detroit usually plays well at home, and Ford Field will be loud for Monday Night.

The likely scenario this weekend is that Kansas City will beat Oakland, and with that, the Chiefs will make the playoffs. If not though, they’ll still have two more opportunities to clinch, so in all likelihood, Kansas City will make the playoffs in week 15.

Like I said, get out your party hats.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Off the postseason schneid in 3 days!

    • Jim Harper

      The term “off the schneid” was originally a baseball reference meaning the end of a losing streak, so I don’t understand what you are saying.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Actually, it was originally a term used in card-playing. Off the postseason schneid means “off of the playoffless streak.”

        • berttheclock

          Yeah, from the German/Yiddish word schneider (tailor in English) and it meant to be cut from scoring in gin rummy. Of course, better they used that than the Hungarian word of szabo which, also, means tailor as “off the szabo” wouldn’t sound the same.

        • Jim Harper

          Ah I see. Thank you for the clarification.

    • PunjabiPete

      Yup yup! Terrelle Pryor is probably thanking his lucky star he doesn’t have to start and get mauled 10 more times LOL… Any word on if Houston will play this weekend? I am actually coming around to Zombo and I don’t like it.


    Let’s hope the chiefs win , but Miami has a chance against New England ( the games in Miami not New England )

    • Andrew Kulha

      My bad I read the @ wrong.

  • tomflex

    if we can’t expect to win this game how can we hope to go anywhere in the playoffs? I expect the Chiefs to not only win but to blow this team out into the bay. It’s time to accept the fact that we are the team that makes it’s own destiny and needs no one else’s help. As far as I’m concerned Miami and Baltimore can win out theest of the season…they aren’t even on the same level.

    • berttheclock

      The AFC West and the NFC West. Amazing in the new era of parity how rapidly power divisions can ebb and flow. Remember, not so long ago, both were laughing stocks, whereas, the NFC East was THE power house?

      • tomflex

        Yeah Bert and so rapidly many “experts” still can’t accept the reality of it all. No one saw a 2-14 team from last years AFC west beating all 4 teams from the powerful NFC east. No one saw Atlanta falling so far in one year. Look at the fall of Houston and Baltimore. Makes you wonder…are we that much better or are they that much worse?
        Makes me very happy to know that this team is in competent hands hopefully for many years to come.

      • micah stephenson

        Wow. Thats true

  • Travis Forsyth

    just wanted to say denver lost 27 – 20 to the dolts…..if kc wins out and denver loses one more, kc is #1….

  • Chris Tarrants

    In more important news,the broncos just lost to the chargers! The west isn’t settled just yet boys. Win out and hope upon hope that somehow them donkeys drop another game

  • berttheclock

    Geez, the Wicked Witch of the West had a bit of a flame out, eh? Just keep to finishing the Yellow Brick Road of winning and we will prevail.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Can I add some red bricks? Gotta cooooordinate.

  • Aaron Martin

    Andy Reid, I love what you have done for us so far and I am thankful for having you as our coach! BUT, will you please take note of last nights game and do what WE do best (just like the Chargers did) and control the clock with JC and beat the Donkeys when we meet again. Sincerely, AMart in Nashville.

    • PunjabiPete

      Hear Hear!

      Jamaal Charles needs to get the rock more. The best drive I’ve seen out of KC isn’t the 65 yard TD throw that LOOKS real pretty but takes 15 seconds off the clock, it’s that drive against the Eagles; that demoralizing, 8:34 You-can’t-stop-us march down the field. Let the D catch a quick nap and get ready for the 4th quarter Offense, they deserve it.

      Chiefs 27 Raiders 14