KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will play to win their final regular season game against the Raiders. Unless they don’t.
That was the message from Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Monday. He said the Chiefs are planning to play to beat the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday “as we sit here right now."
The Chiefs have clinched a playoff spot, and Reid left the impression he could change his mind and rest some players against the Raiders. That’s what he did for the Chiefs’ final game against the Chargers in 2013 after they had clinched a playoff spot. The difference is that back then the Chiefs had no chance to win the AFC West.
Resting players would be an odd stance this time. No matter whether the Broncos win or lose Monday night’s game against the Bengals, the Chiefs will have a chance to win the division next week.
One of the perks of winning the division title is getting to play your first-round playoff game at home. The Chiefs would play on the road as a wild-card team.
“There are a bunch of scenarios out there," Reid said. “I don’t really care about all of those. We’re going to focus in on the Raiders and make sure we get ourselves ready (to play against) a good football team."
Asked whether that means the Chiefs will try their best to beat the Raiders, Reid wasn’t definitive.
“That’s what we’re trying to do," Reid said. “If you have an opportunity to win the AFC West, I think that’s important. At the same time, it’s good to be in the playoffs. That’s an important part of your goals as a National Football League team. We have one of those taken care of."