Chiefs need to be in playoff mode now

From ESPN - November 15, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs need to bring a sense of urgency to their meeting rooms and practice field on Wednesday as they begin preparations for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

The difficulty of their path through the postseason depends on it.

The 6-3 Chiefs have a two-game lead over their closest pursuers in the AFC West, the 4-5 Oakland Raiders. The Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos are each three games back at 3-6.

It's going to be difficult for the Chiefs to blow their lead and not win the division championship, even considering how they have played over the past four games. The Raiders, who have upcoming games against the Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles, plus a December game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, have a decidedly more difficult remaining schedule than Kansas City. The Chiefs have one game remaining against an opponent with a record above .500, that being a Week 12 game at Arrowhead against the Buffalo Bills, currently 5-4.

The Chargers and Broncos ca not be taken seriously as contenders given the way they have played in recent weeks.

The push for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs -- or even just a first-round bye -- is more problematic. The Chiefs trail the Steelers and Patriots, each at 7-2, by a game. Climbing past even one of those teams, particularly the Steelers, will be a chore for the Chiefs. Pittsburgh beat Kansas City last month at Arrowhead. The Chiefs own the tiebreaker over the Patriots thanks to a season-opening victory in New England.


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