Will Kansas City Chiefs Lock Up No. 1 Seed in AFC?

By Jonathan W. Crowell
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How do the playoff prospects currently look for the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs? Dwayne Bowe scandals notwithstanding, they remain the only undefeated team in the NFL, regardless of what anyone may say about their easy schedule this season, and this also places them in the No. 1 spot for the playoffs, with a home-field advantage, to boot.

They are resting up and focusing on what they need to do to go on the road to take on long-time rivals Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday, and this should be the telltale obstacle they have to overcome to show if they’re really as good as their undefeated record says they are.

The Broncos sit a notch behind the Chiefs at 7-1, and this upcoming game will mean the difference between the top and fifth seeds in the AFC.

Quite the stakes.

History is on the Chiefs side, fortunately. Kansas City head coach Andy Reid‘s teams have a 13-1 record following the bye week.

In addition to that, disregarding this year’s teams, since the birth of the Super Bowl, all 18 teams that have started a season at 9-0 went on to make the playoffs that year, and 11 of those teams went on to play in the Super Bowl itself. Seven of those went on to win the world championship.

If the current season ended today, the Chiefs would go out with the top seed in hand and a first-round bye along with the New England Patriots. The Broncos would go on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Indianapolis Colts would host the New York Jets in Indianapolis.

If Kansas City’s schedule has been favorable up until now, it gets increasingly more difficult as the season winds to a close. By Dec. 1, they will have met the Broncos twice, later the San Diego Chargers (with whom they will meet again by season’s end), a home game against the Colts and then go on the road Jack Kerouac-style to meet both the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders at opposite ends of the country.

In a sense, things are looking well overall for the Chiefs; certainly much better than they were last year at this time, which wound down to a sad 2-14 season for them.

They are indeed looking great for the playoffs, especially if they beat the Broncos Sunday.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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