The Kansas City Chiefs are now winners of eight straight and with Sunday’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens, they’ve guaranteed themselves another winning season (the third straight for head coach Andy Reid and company).
In fact, the Chiefs are the only team in NFL history to have won eight-consecutive games following a five-game losing streak. This is as improbable an in-season turn around as perhaps the league has ever seen. Ron Rivera is likely in the driver’s seat, but Reid should get strong consideration for Coach of the Year honors.
Kansas City now has a chance to secure a trip to the postseason three hours before the Sunday Night Football broadcast. The Chiefs can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the 3-11 Browns coupled with either a Steelers or Jets loss. Only one game out of first place in the AFC West, there’s still a chance the Chiefs can win the division.
If Kansas City wins out and the Broncos drop a game to either Cincinnati or San Diego, the team would claim its first division title since 2010. Two months ago, if someone told you they’d be in this position by Christmas week, you’d have called them a bold-faced liar, a crazy person, or both.
Sunday’s 34-14 win over the Ravens was impressive enough on its own. Anytime you can snag a 20-point road win in December, you’re doing something right. It wasn’t a spectacular performance, but it was as tidy a win as you can ask for at this point in the season. The accompanying factoids and statistics might be even more satisfying. Let’s take a look at a few notable numbers from the game.
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