KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 7-3 with Sunday's 24-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The win was big on a number of levels, the biggest one being that the Chiefs are now tied with the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West.
It also greatly boosted Kansas City's chances of reaching the postseason regardless of whether the Chiefs win the AFC West or not. According to ESPN Stats & Information, teams with a 7-3 record after 10 games have made the playoffs 84 percent of the time since the NFL went to its current postseason format in 1990.
Teams that are 6-4 after 10 games make it 61 percent of the time.
The Chiefs still have work to do. Difficult games loom in Arizona and Pittsburgh and at home against the Broncos and Chargers. But the victory over the Seahawks put them much closer to back-to-back postseason trips for the first time since 1994 and 1995.