With just two weeks left in the 2013 regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs have finally locked up a playoff spot.
Believe it or not, because the Broncos lost, the Chiefs still have a shot to lock up the AFC West crown. It’s a long-shot, with the Broncos playing Houston and Oakland in the next two weeks, but anything is possible in the NFL. Both teams are at 11-3 and both have clinched a playoff spot.
From here on out, it’s a race to see who can win the most games.
While that will be a major storyline heading into the next two games, the Chiefs main focus right now should be taking it one game at a time, and getting healthy for the playoffs.
Head coach Andy Reid addressed injuries in his Monday presser:
“Ok, injuries, Demetrius Harris sprained his ankle in practice last week. He has a slight high ankle, well it’s not even slight, he has a high ankle sprain. We’ll just see how he does here,” the coach explained.
“Dexter McCluster, he’s making progress, we’ll see how he does here in the next couple of days as we get closer to Wednesday’s practice, but he is moving around better. Branden Albert is doing better. (Anthony) Fasano is doing better. (Eric) Fisher, who was hurt yesterday, he’s actually doing a little bit better today.”
Reid said that star outside linebacker Justin Houston is “doing better” and reported that James-Michael Johnson has a slight AC sprain. He ended the injury report on a pretty optimistic note, saying, “If we would have practiced today, we would have most of them back and ready to go.”
The sooner Houston gets back, the better it will be for Kansas City’s playoff hopes in 2013. Players like Fasano, Fisher and Albert will be important for the offense as it gears up for a playoff run, as well.
Sometimes in the NFL, it’s not the best team that makes a run through the playoffs, but the healthiest and hottest team.
Kansas City is back on the winning track now and that’s good, but now the Chiefs must focus on getting healthy.