It appears that the Kansas City Chiefs have probably missed the boat when it comes to winning the AFC West, barring some weird Christmas miracle. But the Chiefs still have an amazing shot at the AFC championship.
The NFC is “top heavy” this year. If the Chiefs were in the NFC, they’d be up against teams like the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints or the San Francisco 49ers, any of whom would probably give Kansas City a good run for its money.
In the AFC, however, any team that goes to the AFC final playoff game will most likely end up playing the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs could very well defeat the Broncos in what would be their third matchup this season.
In fact, the Chiefs could very well be the team to beat this year, and as I’ve said, they could indeed win the AFC championship this season. They are getting linebacker Justin Houston back in full swing any day now (Houston’s already returned to practice after an elbow injury three weeks ago), their defense is one of the best in the NFL, and their offense? Slowly but surely, Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs offense is definitely coming into their own.
If the playoffs were to begin today, the Chiefs would probably find themselves up against the likes of:
- The 7-6 Baltimore Ravens: who have lost games to four teams with losing records this season.
- The 8-5 Indianapolis Colts: who have lost five games at home, including one to the 5-8 St. Louis Rams, and they are only No. 22 in the league in rushing.
- The 9-4 Cincinnati Bengals: who have a 3-4 record on the road this season, and whose offense would be no match whatsoever for the Chiefs’ defense.
- The 10-3 New England Patriots: a solid team, to be sure – as long as they have Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Danny Woodhead to double down on quarterback Tom Brady‘s efforts. Oops.
- The 11-2 Broncos: who would be probably the Chiefs’ biggest challenge. But considering how well they played in the snow in their defeat of the Washington Redskins, and considering the fact that Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is off his game in the colder weather, a Chiefs victory is more likely than not.
So, if the Chiefs stay focused and improving as they did coming back against the Redskins Sunday, chances are looking good for them to take their conference this year.
It will have been well worth the ride after the Chiefs 2-14 flop of a season last year.