Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos stings even with a night to sleep it off. Things probably won’t get much better throughout the rest of the day as the guts of KC’s defeat get revealed and dissected for the rest of the day. So let’s start off the day with this:
Kansas City is in a very good position moving forward.
Losing happens in the NFL, it’s part of the deal. However, there doesn’t appear to be many weeks in the future where Chiefs fans are going to have to wallow in defeat as the schedule sets up nicely over the next six weeks.
Here’s the basics of what is left:
Home to San Diego. Home to Denver. Road trips to Washington and Oakland. Home season finale versus Indianapolis. Regular season finale at San Diego.
First, at nine wins, Kansas City is almost assured a playoff spot. Even if the Chiefs lose out, which is unlikely, 9-7 may be good enough to make the playoffs anyway in the AFC. The AFC’s current six seed are the 5-5 New York Jets, who are tied with the 5-5 Miami Dolphins.
Losing out is obviously not optimal, but it is very difficult to conjure up a situation where the Chiefs do not end up in the playoffs.
Second, Kansas City’s schedule is very favorable to make a run at a number one seed and home field advantage in the playoffs. KC’s two most difficult games remaining are the Broncos and Colts, each of which will be at a rocking Arrowhead Stadium. The other four – Oakland, Washington, and San Diego twice – will all be games in which the Chiefs are favored to win.
A 5-1 finish is very doable for the Chiefs.
Third, Denver’s got a rockier road to the end of the season than KC. Before Denver arrives in Kansas City for the second game of the home-and-home, they have to travel to New England to take on the 7-2 Patriots. A loss to New England and a loss to the Chiefs in back-to-back weeks could be all the Chiefs need to clinch the one seed assuming they take care of business against Oakland, Washington, and San Diego.
Yes, Sunday night sucked, but the Chiefs’ chances of being the top seed in the AFC and making a run in the playoffs are still very much alive.