After an utterly embarrassing start to the season for the Kansas City Chiefs, they are back. The Chiefs are chasing the #1 seed in the AFC.
The Chiefs currently have an 11% chance to win the AFC according to ESPN FPI, which may seem low at first glance. The Buffalo Bills have the highest percentage, with 26%, even though they have been trending down. Kansas City is in an excellent position right now.
Kansas City has the attention of the entire NFL, even more so with their statement win against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
“I hate to scare everybody who likes another team in the AFC … [The Kansas City Chiefs] are getting hotter. They’re going to peak, it looks like, right when the playoffs start and give you the A version of themselves. It’s going to be a problem.” Max Kellerman
Kellerman is correct, the Chiefs are back, and people should be scared.
Kansas City will be spending week 12 resting up, as they will be enjoying their well-deserved bye week. After a very tough schedule so far, the Chiefs still have work to do. They currently have the fifth most challenging strength of schedule as the year wraps up.
The Chiefs are keeping their eye on the New England Patriots, as both teams are hot as can be right now. One thing separating the two, however, according to Marcus Spears, is experience.
“They are as complete when you look at what they’ve done over the span of the last few weeks when you talk about the run game, Mac Jones not making mistakes, the defense playing out of their minds, playing lights out and taking the football away. It’s still Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill. It’s a team that’s been there with that experience. If we get to a point between New England and Kansas City, and I understand the Belichick effect, I’m still going to probably take the Kansas City Chiefs.” Marcus Spears
New England will have to continue their underdog story, but the Patriots and Chiefs are in fantastic situations. Mac Jones still has a lot to prove if he wants his name brought up in the same sentence as players like Mahomes. The future is bright for New England, but they are focused on the season at hand.
Mahomes and the Chiefs return to action in December as they go up against a struggling Denver Broncos team. The Chiefs are looking to keep getting hotter, which Kellerman sees nothing that stands in the way of them.