The lowly Dolphins gave the Kansas City Chiefs a late Christmas present. Their stunning victory over the Patriots allowed the Chiefs to jump their conference rival and put them in an immensely stronger position to make a Super Bowl run.
As the two seed, the Kansas City Chiefs now have an extra week off. This is huge a huge advantage to any team, but is especially helpful to Kansas City, who have been hammered with injuries all season.
Another week will be great for guys like Frank Clark, Rashad Fenton, and Andrew Wylie to get healthy for a hopeful run to the biggest game in the sport. It also gives Andy Reid an additional week to prepare, something he is famous for using for immense success.
Beyond a week off, the largest advantage the Chiefs receive is who they won’t have to play. Looking around the AFC there is only one team that should truly scare the Chiefs. It’s not the reigning champions Patriots or even the 12-4 Ravens; it’s the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans are the only team that can match Kansas City in big play ability and have a true number one back that can carry the team, as we saw in week ten of the regular season, which was the last time the Chiefs lost a game this season.
Add in Kansas City’s less than stellar recent history and it’s easy to see why the Chiefs would want to steer clear of the Titans. Instead they will potentially face three other opponents, each who brings something different to the table.
For this piece lets rank Kansas City’s potential opponent from easiest to most difficult looking particularly through the Chiefs point of view.