4 pivots Chiefs must make to secure No. 1 seed in AFC

With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Chiefs have a golden opportunity to lock up the No. 1 seed and lay the groundwork for a sixth-straight AFC Championship Game in the cozy confines of Arrowhead Stadium. The right mix of a few key ingredients will create that winning recipe.
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There are no magical fixes for this offense at this point in the season. Richie James may re-enter the chat and become a part of the offensive mix, but with the trade deadline behind us, you're not getting a significant infusion of talent. I don't expect players like Moore or Toney to do much maturing in-season. The most you can hope for are a few tweaks and some modifications to usage for a select few offensive players.

It also goes without saying that a rise in the level of play of the reigning MVP will also help elevate this offense. The coaching staff can help him by leaning on Rice, McKinnon and Pacheco (we already know Travis Kelce will be leading the way).

Time will tell whether or not Andy Reid and company agree with my lay perspectives, but Monday night's matchup with the Eagles will be a great litmus test. Philly has averaged more than 32 points per game over the past three weeks. The Chiefs' defense is sure to make itself known in this game, but the offense will need to be more consistent to keep pace.

The good news is that Andy Reid is one of the best in the business at capitalizing on the bye week. Hopefully, he's got something special cooked up for his former team under the big lights on Monday night.