Chiefs’ path to the playoffs
By Andrew Jones
After the win on Thursday the Chiefs jumped from the 5th seed to the 2nd seed in the AFC. If they continue to win then there is no losing that spot. There is however, opportunity to snatch the number one seed with some help. The New England Patriots currently hold the top spot and hold tiebreakers over the Chiefs should they only lose one more.
The Pats’ last four games of the season are Ravens, Broncos, Jets, and Dolphins. The Denver and Miami games are on the road. Miami has looked better this season but the real chances to help the Chiefs are tonight and next Sunday. If the Chiefs take care of their own business then they will be rooting for Denver and Baltimore to do what most other teams can’t. Beat the Patriots.
Other scenarios are that if two out of the 4 current 5 loss teams lose this next week then the Chiefs would only need a win against the Titans to clinch a playoff spot. The most likely result is that Denver loses to the Patriots and the Dolphins are upset by the Jets. I just can’t see Pittsburgh losing to a CIncinnati without AJ Green. As much as I want to see Baltimore win tonight they may take themselves out of that formula against New England.
To clinch the AFC West Kansas City can win the next two games and have one Oakland loss. The Raiders play at San Diego and at home against the Colts. If the Raiders lose either of those games the Chiefs claim the AFC West for the first time since 2010.
We all hope for that ideal number one seed. Even when we take things objectively the Chiefs have a great shot at finishing 13-3. Not only that but they have their best shot in 20 years to reach the AFC title game. Go bring that Lamar Hunt Trophy home.