The Kansas City Chiefs still have a 79 percent chance of making the playoffs according to the latest projections from 538.
The Kansas City Chiefs have lost two straight games against opponents in which they were favored by 10 points or more. They’ve also lost five of their last six overall and have watched a sizable division lead in the AFC West shrink to a single game. They’ve fallen historically far after their 5-0 start that dominated the NFL. Yet somehow, they’re also still looking at very favorite statistics when it comes to their playoff chances.
The latest round of NFL playoff projections from FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s data company that focuses on sports and politics for ESPN, gives the Chiefs a very positive chance of making the postseason at 79 percent overall. Part of it is due to an easy schedule. Part of it is due to their ceiling they’ve shown this year. Part of it is due to the cupcakes within their own division.
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The idea that the Chiefs could have such favorable odds seems ridiculous at this current juncture where fans are clamoring for a quarterback change. The entire team seems to have lost all steam or competitive juice, and the body language on the field and sidelines from some players seems to show the same frustrations that fans are much more vocal about.
Yet we all know that a team who makes the postseason is as dangerous as the next. Several wild card teams in recent years have rallied to not only pull off an upset or two but to make the Super Bowl as well. In the NFL it’s all about who gets hot at the right time and with five games left, there’s still plenty of time for the Chiefs or many other teams to change the narrative for the 2017 season.
In other words, despite the miserable middle section of this season, the Chiefs are somehow still sitting in a favorable spot.