Coffee with the Chiefs – Playoff chances rising


Good morning, Addicts! It’s HUMP DAYYYYYYYYY. The Kansas City Chiefs are coming back to work today, getting ready to take on the San Diego Chargers this Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. In their first meeting the Chiefs absolutely pounded San Diego, winning 33-3 in its own sad building.

Kansas City is now sitting at 7-5 and the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture. The Chiefs are playing four teams with records of at least two games under .500 to close the season, including three at home. It’s party time for the boys in red.

Here is the news you need to know:

Chiefs’ playoff chances are now at 93 percentAdam Teicher of ESPN

"In fact, ESPN Analytics gives the Chiefs a better than 80 percent chance to win three of their four remaining games, starting Sunday against the Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are given an 83.1 percent chance to win that one, an 88 percent chance to beat the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27 and an 80.2 percent chance to beat the Oakland Raiders on Jan. 3."

Jamaal Charles expects to be back before next seasonDave Skretta of the Associated Press

"Then, the star running back for the Kansas City Chiefs was hit with reality. For the second time in five seasons, one of the most dynamic players in the NFL had torn the ACL in his knee. He was done for the year, and faced the prospect of another round of grueling rehabilitation."

Comparing this year’s defense to others in the pastCraig Stout of Arrowhead Pride

"But just how well is the defense performing?  Over the past two years, this has been a team that has standout performances from the defensive side of the ball.  In 2013, the Chiefs held their first nine opponents under 17 points per game and took the ball away seemingly at will.  Last year, the Chiefs didn’t allow a 300 yard passer ALL YEAR, nearly had a player break the sack record, and finished second overall in the league at 17.6 points per game. Needless to say, there are some spectacular feats for this year’s team to chase."