Who would have thought just three weeks ago that the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs would be in the position they’re currently in? After two losses to the Denver Broncos — we call that a sweep — and a loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs are now 9-3 and have lost their lead in the division. Not only that, but because of losing the division lead they are now a wild card team in the playoff picture.
In the last three games, the Chiefs have given up 103 points. Granted, they played Peyton Manning and the Broncos twice, who own the league’s most potent offense. But, Kansas City also boasts arguably the top defense in the league. Well, at least three weeks ago that would have been an argument.
With the Broncos now 10-2, they control their own playoff destiny from here on out, as well as whether or not they win the division. Denver doesn’t have all that scary of a schedule remaining and should be heavily favored in each of their four games left. The Broncos will take on the Tennessee Titans next week in Denver, followed by another home game against the Chargers.
To end the season, the Broncos play two games on the road against the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders. Out of all of those teams, only the Texans and Chargers have the slimmest of playoff hopes. But, even so, Denver will likely come out on top in all four of those contests, barring any player rest in the remaining week or two.
Now that Kansas City is in the position of making a wild card spot, they’ve got to focus on getting their defense together despite the loss of Justin Houston. As good as they have looked this season, there is no possible way the Chiefs will make a Super Bowl run with the way they’ve given up points as of late. It will be one wild ride for the remaining four weeks as Kansas CIty is still just one game behind Denver, but hope for a division title looks as though it’s breathed its last breath in the Chiefs locker room.