This is definitely too early. This is probably way too optimistic. But we’re gonna talk about playoffs. PLAYOFFS? I know, Todd Haley is just trying to win a game, but here at Chiefs Command, we can take a look at Kansas City’s phenomenal playoff chances.
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off two losses in a row but are in a phenomenal position to not only make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but also to win the AFC West for the first time since 2003.
Through 6 weeks…
Reflect on your preseason thoughts on the Chiefs. Not even the most optimistic, diehard Chiefs fans could have predicted a more promising start to the 2010 season. Before the season started, these clearly looked like they would be the 5 toughest games on the schedule: home vs. the San Diego Chargers, vs. the San Francisco 49ers, at the Indianapolis Colts, at the Houston Texans, and at the Chargers. Well guess what? The Chiefs have played 4 out of those 5 “toughest” games and are 3-2 with a 1.5 game lead in the division. The two losses the Chiefs have suffered were two very winnable games at the two toughest opponents they will face all season. Needless to say, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the team that Scott Pioli and Todd Haley have assembled in Kansas City. But this isn’t even the real reason you can already get excited about the idea of postseason football. There are two main reasons that you should be.
The Weak AFC West
This division is a suck fest. It is an absolute train wreck. If the Chiefs were in any other division in the AFC, I would be hesitant to predict a division title, yet I think the Chiefs will run away with it in the West. None of the other teams in the division have even come close to resembling a good team.
San Diego Chargers (2-4)
The reigning champs of the division just appear to be dysfunctional. They are 2-4 despite dominating the opponent in yardage. As corny as this sounds, they simply have been finding a way to lose. The Chargers are a very tough team to dissect right now, but that’s generally not a good sign for San Diego fans. However, the biggest negative for the Chargers so far though is that they are 0-2 in the division.
Denver Broncos (2-4)
This team has zero running game. Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd have been fantasy studs, but that’s just because they can’t run the ball at all. Denver does not scare me at all in this AFC West race, especially since they don’t have Brandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins) and Elvis Dumervil (injury) this year.
Oakland Raiders (2-4)
The Raiders are a bad football team. You should not be scared about the Raiders chasing the Chiefs at all, and if you need further insight than that, you haven’t watched the Raiders the last few years. I know they beat San Diego, but I still would not be worried about them in the slightest. They have no quarterback, an inconsistent running game, and a lack of playmakers on defense other than Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Remaining Schedule
This division is Kansas City’s to lose. The Chiefs need 10 wins to lock up this division. 9 wins would probably do it, and even 8 might be enough to win this division. But for argument’s sake, let’s just say they need 10 wins, which means they would need to lose at least 5 more games to lose this division. Out of this list, tell me the 5 games the Chiefs will lose: Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, at Raiders, at Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, at Seattle Seahawks, Broncos, at Chargers, at St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, and ending the season at home vs. the Raiders. Perhaps I’m a bit of an optimist, but there are no games I see on that schedule that the Chiefs will not be favored to win. I think by the time we play at Denver we will be 6-2, and I think by the time we play San Diego, we will have distanced ourselves from them since the Chargers play a much tougher schedule than the Chiefs, and quite frankly I think the Chiefs are the better team anyway. Those two are still losable, and the third game that I think the Chiefs could lose is against the Titans. I suppose you could make the argument that Seattle could be a trap game. However, I really find it tough to see us losing many of the remaining games. Sure, it’s the NFL, and anything can happen on any day, but I wouldn’t pick the Chiefs to lose to the Jags, Bills, Raiders, Cardinals, Seahawks, or the Raiders and Broncos at home. The Chiefs are better than all of those teams.
So, if you’ve been keeping track, the Chiefs have a very easy path to 10-6 and a division title. If you disagree, please, look at the remaining games and tell me the 5 games we lose. Even if you can pick 5 and are right, I still bet we win the division even at 9-7. If somehow (though I don’t know what method you would be using) you can pick 6 games we will lose, there’s still a decent shot we win the division at 8-8.
There is absolutely no reason not to be excited about the possibility of playing postseason football in Kansas City this year. It’s all there for Kansas City to take. Todd Haley and the Chiefs should not get ahead of themselves. But who’s to say we can’t?