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Football Outsiders still like Chiefs

The Football Outsiders are not giving up on the Kansas City Chiefs now that the team has lived up to their preseason prediction.

The Chiefs are limping into Sunday’s wild-card game against visiting Baltimore after a 31-10 home loss to Oakland on Sunday. Still, the Football Outsiders have broke down three areas in which the Chiefs can exploit the Ravens. They revolve around the play of standouts Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe and Tamba Hali.

These breakdownsInsider should excite Kansas City fans. The Football Outsiders know something about the Chiefs. They picked them to win the AFC West way back in the preseason when they were far from a sexy pick.

It will be interesting to see if their expertise on the Chiefs extends into the postseason.

In other AFC West related midday notes on a busy Tuesday:

There are two AFC West players on John Clayton’s All-Pro team.

Gary HortonInsider of Scouts Inc. looks at the Chiefs’ X factors against the Ravens in Sunday’s wild-card round game.

San Diego quarterback Billy Volek may look for a chance to be a starter. It would hurt the Chargers if he left. Volek is considered perhaps the best backup in the NFL.

Mike Shanahan is a believer in the John Elway move in Denver.

The Denver Post reports the Broncos will likely ask for a second-round pick for Kyle Orton this offseason. I expect Orton to get dealt, and the compensation they will be offered will likely be a conditional pick in the second- or third-round range.

The Chiefs are one loss away from setting an NFL record for consecutive playoff defeats.