Reviews and Previews – Chiefs playoff run

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Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) fumbles the ball under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Jaye Howard (96) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10

First and foremost we look at the AFC West. The Chiefs squared off against their hated rivals the Broncos and no one (including me) thought that the Chiefs had a chance to get a win. Not only did they win, they dominated on defense. Injury to Manning is not an excuse that should take away from the Chiefs defense because to go along with five interceptions, because the Chiefs also held Denver to 69 yards on the ground.

The win puts KC at 4-5 and Denver at 7-2. The San Diego Chargers sat at home on a BYE week so nothing changes with their last-place spot at 2-7. Oakland welcomed an under-the-radar Minnesota Vikings team to the Coliseum and held the game close through the first half. The Raiders’ defense was outmatched however, and Minnesota took control of the game, winning 30-14. The loss for Oakland puts them at 4-5 and in a tie with the Chiefs for second place in the AFC West (with Kansas City holding the tiebreaker).

The rest of the games in the AFC had a few surprises as well as some expected dominance. Pittsburgh showed why they are one of the most dangerous teams by destroying Cleveland at home to go to 5-4. The Chiefs are glad they hold that tie breaker but they need the Steelers to lose one more game to have a tie. The Carolina Panthers slammed the Titans to keep them in the cellar and the Jaguars won a thriller to make sure Baltimore stays frustrated.

The Chiefs watched the Bills to defeat the Jets in the now infamous color-blind game, but could set up a tie-breaking contest at Arrowhead in a few weeks should Buffalo lose to New England this week. A few contests went against the Chiefs playoff hopes as Miami took advantage of Mark Sanchez in Philadelphia and Houston took down the mighty Bengals on Monday night. Fans won’t have to worry much about those teams however as the Dolphins still face the Patriots and Giants. Meanwhile the Chiefs defeated the Texans in Week 1.

AFC West order after Week 10

  1. Denver (7-2)
  2. Kansas City (4-5)
  3. Oakland (4-5)
  4. San Diego (2-7)

AFC Wildcard order after Week 10

  1. Pittsburgh (6-4)
  2. Buffalo (5-4)
  3. NY Jets (5-4)
  4. Kansas City (4-5)
  5. Oakland (4-5)
  6. Miami (4-5)
  7. Houston (4-5)

Next: What comes next for the Chiefs?