Chiefs muddy the waters and lose control of their own fate
Make no mistake, the Kansas City Chiefs missed a big opportunity on Sunday. Losing their spot as one of the top two seeds in the AFC is about more than the number of games they’ll have to play. The venue for those games also matters. Despite the loss, the Chiefs still own one of the best home field advantages in football.
As unbeatable as the New England Patriots appear, it’s not unreasonable to think the Steelers could go into Foxboro and steal a game from them. Let’s assume the Chiefs eventually secure the No. 2 seed. In a scenario where the lowest seed wins in the wildcard round and goes on to beat the top seed in the divisional round, that would give the Chiefs a pair of home games in the playoffs. Does anyone think that wouldn’t be preferable to what would likely be three road games?
It’s easy to dismiss the way the Chiefs lost on Sunday. On some level, it’s deeply troubling that they can’t seem to put a full four quarters of quality offensive football together. It’s maddening that they continue to try winning games without calling upon their best skill players on that side of the ball. Kansas City’s offensive woes aren’t an aberration and that’s unsettling when one looks at the big picture for this team.
That said, it could very well propel the Chiefs now that their backs are against the wall. They seem comfortable in this position. Hopefully, their luck hasn’t run out and they get another gift from the universe heading into the last two weeks of the regular season.
How are you feeling about the Chiefs’ chances to make a run in the postseason following Sunday’s loss? Is Oakland winning the division now a foregone conclusion? Are the Colts and Broncos capable of causing the Raiders to stumble down the stretch? Do you think the Chiefs qualifying for a postseason bye is a prerequisite for a championship run? Use the comment section below to weigh in. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.
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