The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched the AFC West division title and are headed to the playoffs. Who will they play next?
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The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the AFL. In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. Hunt’s son, Clark, serves as chairman and CEO.
The Current Standings
The Kansas City Chiefs are currently in first place in the AFC West with a record of 9-1. They have a two-game lead over the Oakland Raiders, who are in second place at 7-3. The Los Angeles Chargers are in third place at 6-4, and the Denver Broncos are in last place at 3-7.
The Chiefs have already clinched a playoff spot, and they will most likely win the division. They could potentially earn a first-round bye if they finish with one of the top two records in the AFC.
The Raiders currently hold the tiebreaker over the Chargers, so they would be the second team from the AFC West to make the playoffs if the season ended today. The Chargers would need to win their remaining games and hope that either the Raiders or Chiefs lose two games in order to have a chance to win the division.
The Broncos are currently out of playoff contention but could still technically win the division if they were to win their remaining games and both the Chiefs and Raiders lost all of their remaining games.
The Remaining Schedule
The Kansas City Chiefs have a bye in Week 7, meaning their next game will be on Sunday, Oct. 25 against the Broncos in Denver.
The Chiefs’ current record is 6-1, which is tied for the best record in the AFC with the Baltimore Ravens. The New England Patriots (6-2) have the best record in the conference overall.
Assuming Kansas City wins its remaining games, it will finish the season with a 13-3 record. However, there are a few tough matchups left on the schedule, including games against the Seattle Seahawks (5-2), Los Angeles Rams (5-3), and Baltimore Ravens (6-2).
The Potential Opponents
The Kansas City Chiefs have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, which means they will face the lowest seed remaining in the divisional round.
The potential opponents for the Chiefs are:
-The New England Patriots, if they beat the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild card round
-The Pittsburgh Steelers, if they beat the Baltimore Ravens in the wild card round and the Patriots lose
-The Los Angeles Chargers, if they beat the Ravens in the wild card round and the Patriots and Steelers lose
Looking at the Kansas City Chiefs remaining schedule, they have a good chance to finish with a winning record.
The Chiefs have a bye in week seven, meaning they will have had extra time to prepare for their next opponent, the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are currently 2-4 and are coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos.
After the Browns, the Chiefs play the Buffalo Bills, who are 4-2. The Bills are currently on a two-game losing streak. The Chiefs then play the San Diego Chargers, who are 2-5. The Chargers are coming off a loss to the Oakland Raiders.
The Chiefs then have another bye in week 11. They play the Oakland Raiders in week 12 and the Denver Broncos in week 13. The Raiders are 1-5 and the Broncos are 3-3.
Finally, in week 14, the Chiefs play the Tennessee Titans, who are 3-3. The Titans are coming off a loss to the Miami Dolphins.