ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Kansas City Chiefs won for the sixth time in seven games on Sunday by beating the Buffalo Bills, 17-13, at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Here’s our weekly look at the Chiefs’ place in the AFC playoff picture.
Where the Chiefs stand: They are 6-3 and in second place in the AFC West, one game behind the 7-2 Denver Broncos. They are the only AFC team that is 6-3 and not in first place in its division. The other division leaders are New England (7-2), Cleveland (6-3) and Indianapolis (6-3).
If the season ended today: The Chiefs would be the first of the AFC’s two wild-card teams and the fifth overall seed in the conference playoffs. They would be headed to play the Browns in Cleveland for their wild-card round playoff game. The Colts would be the third AFC seed and the Browns the fourth because Indianapolis has a 5-2 record in conference games while the Browns are 4-3 against AFC opponents.
Chiefs next week and what it means: The Chiefs play against an NFC opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, at Arrowhead Stadium. It certainly doesn’t help the Chiefs to lose to Seattle. But if they’re going to lose over the season’s final seven games, it’s better to lose against an opponent from outside the AFC. There are no tiebreaker implications to those games.
Other games to watch this week: New England at Indianapolis is an intriguing game but one that won’t necessarily impact the Chiefs. Both teams will likely win their respective divisions. The Chiefs are still in the hunt for the AFC West championship, so this week’s most impactful game for them sends the Broncos to St. Louis. The Rams seem to have found their game after floundering against the Chiefs two weeks ago. They will be playing their first home game after finishing a three-game road trip. The Broncos will be playing their third straight road game.