Kansas City Chiefs Still In Driver's Seat for No. 5 Seed in AFC Playoffs

By Jonathan W. Crowell
Alex Smith, Anthony Fasano, Jamaal Charles
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Where exactly are the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL playoff picture right now following their 35-28 loss on Sunday to their longtime AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos? They are in position for one of two Wild Card spots. Denver is ahead of them by a game (well, a game and a half, as they hold the tiebreaker after winning against the Chiefs twice this season), and with four games left in the regular season, the AFC Championship race is on.

If the playoffs started today, the Chiefs would be a solid fifth seed, trailing only the 10-2 Broncos, 9-3 New England Patriots, and 8-4 Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals. They hold on to a three-game lead on the Wild Card spot with four games left in the regular season.

The Chiefs go on the road against the Washington Redskins for Week 14, and if they win and if the 6-6 Baltimore Ravens and 6-6 Miami Dolphins both lose, Kansas City will have 10 wins for the season and no other team will be able to catch up at that point.

 Kansas City’s game will really have to go on the skids for them to not get one of the Wild Card spots — which is certainly possible, but hopefully for them and their fans, not probable. The Redskins this Sunday and the Oakland Raiders the following Sunday should be sure wins for the Chiefs.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is starting to really become dangerous. Kansas City’s offense is indeed continuing to come into its own, and some things need to be tightened up on the defensive side. Hopefully linebacker Justin Houston will be back soon to help the defense wreak havoc among opposing quarterbacks from here on out. The Chiefs are far from ready to be written off for the season.

After the Raiders, the Chiefs will have to prove themselves against the Colts at Arrowhead and then take back their bragging rights from another division rival, the San Diego Chargers on the road. If they stay focused and keep improving their game, the Chiefs will hit the road for the playoffs and have to most likely beat the Bengals or Colts in the Wild Card round.

And what Kansas City fan wouldn’t just love another shot at Peyton Manning and the Broncos before it’s all over?

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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