Kansas City Chiefs Show Their Contender Mettle with Week 15 Win

By Jonathan W. Crowell
Sean McGrath
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The 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs are hot again and back on a roll — they have taken the year by the horns and keep on keeping on. They trounced the Oakland Raiders in Oakland Sunday, 56-31, for their second win in a row after three recent straight disappointing weeks of losses. In defeating the Raiders, the Chiefs have claimed for themselves an AFC Wild Card spot for this year’s playoffs.

The Chiefs started this season out amazingly with a 9-0 record, and much to the chagrin of many critics and detractors who claimed it was all a fluke they were briefly the only team in the NFL with an undefeated record. Kansas City led the AFC West division until they took two losses to divisional rivals, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos and one to another division rival, the San Diego Chargers, for their only three losses this season.

But it gets better for the Chiefs than just the Wild Card spot.

Because of Denver’s 27-20 loss to the Chargers last week, this ties the Chiefs with the Broncos for the division lead. Denver has the tiebreaker on this one because of their two wins against the Chiefs, but if they lose another game and Kansas City keeps winning then Chiefs will go back to being No. 1 in their division and can take the division title.

So, Kansas City is actually in better shape than they were looking during their three weeks of losses when the wheels looked like they might be coming off.

The Chiefs return to Arrowhead for Week 16 to take on the Indianapolis Colts before one final game of the regular season against the Chargers in San Diego. And if Kansas City keeps playing like they have been their Super Bowl aspirations remain alive.

The Chiefs are in the driver’s seat again. So much for those who wrote them off and thought they weren’t viable contenders.

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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