The NFL playoffs are only 2-3 weeks away and division races are really close, making every game a must win heading into the postseason. The AFC West happens to be in a three-way race involving the division-leading Denver Broncos (8-3), the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers, who are both at the heels of the Broncos with 7-4 records. This weekend’s games for the teams could be a turning point as the playoff picture begins to take shape.
On Sunday, Denver will go Kansas City for a casino game that may possess some severe implications on the AFC West standings. With a win, KC would take a piece of the league’s top spot with only four games remaining in the season. However, a Denver win would maintain their sole-possession of the division lead and put them in a great position to complete the growing season with a division championship. The Chargers, however, can have a say in what the standings will appear like as well. They travel to manage the Baltimore Ravens in what will be a tough road matchup, but a win would even allow for the Chargers to really have a share of the division’s top spot.
It’s possible a three-way tie for first place could derive from this weekend’s game. A Chiefs and Chargers win would lock each team at 8-4 leaving just four games to determine how several teams will make the playoffs and at what seed. Of the three teams still in contention for the division title, the Chargers undoubtedly have the toughest schedule to close out the year. After their game against they Ravens, they’ll still need to play the New England Patriots, the Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers (on the road) and the Chiefs (also on the road).
I believe the Broncos still win this division, that is the safe pick of course. They’ve a relatively easy schedule to close out the growing season, and I imagine they’re too good not to win this division. I can easily see the Chargers having an actual bumpy finish to the season. They’ve some tough matchups and haven’t quite asserted themselves as a legitimate playoff team in my own eyes. The Chiefs are as near to a shoo-in for a Wild Card team because it gets. The remainder of the AFC gives the Chiefs a really good chance to help make the playoffs even if they do not win the division.