AFC Picture For Playoffs

Whether or not Todd Haley and his team want to use the “p” word, the post-season is coming to Arrowhead Stadium.

The question is what uniforms will they wear when they come down the tunnel onto the playing surface. Will they be the green of the Jets, the purple of the Ravens, maybe the black of the Steelers? Any of those three are possible opponents for the Chiefs.

Along with the Chiefs, Baltimore and the New York Jets clinched spots in the playoffs. With New England and Pittsburgh already in, that leaves only the AFC South to be decided.

That’s just in the AFC, and there’s a host of other scenarios going on in the NFC. The league is also changing the start times of six games, with the St. Louis at Seattle game going to Sunday Night Football on NBC. Both the Jacksonville at Houston and the Tennessee at Indianapolis games will start at 3:15 p.m. Over in the NFC, the Chicago-Green Bay, Dallas-Philadelphia and N.Y. Giants-Washington games will all start at 3:15 p.m.

Here’s how everything breaks down in the AFC:

HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE – One thing they know for sure, they will not face New England in the first round. The Patriots 34-3 victory over Buffalo gave them the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye.

WHO WINS THE AFC SOUTH – Indianapolis will return to the tournament with a victory over Tennessee. If they lose to the Titans and the Jaguars beat the Texans, then Jacksonville is in the playoffs and the Colts go home.

WHO WINS THE AFC NORTH – Pittsburgh and Baltimore are both 11-4, The Steelers control their own destiny and a victory at Cleveland gives them the AFC North because they would have a superior division record over Baltimore in any tie-breaker scenario. The Ravens host Cincinnati.

WHAT ABOUT THE SEEDS? – New England is No. 1. Either Pittsburgh or Baltimore will be No. 2 and No. 5. The New York Jets are No. 6. Right now the Chiefs are No. 3, with the Colts-Jaguars at No. 4. However, if the Chiefs lose to Oakland and the Colts win, then Indy would be No. 3 and the Chiefs No. 4.

OK, SO WHO DO THE CHIEFS PLAY? – Here are the scenarios, although nothing is definite and there are trap doors galore if the Jets should win and both Pittsburgh and Baltimore should lose and they are all tied at 11-5:

  • If Chiefs beat Oakland, they’ll likely play the Jets.
  • If they lose to the Raiders and the Colts win the South, the Chiefs will probably face Baltimore or Pittsburgh.
  • If they lose to the Raiders and the Jaguars win the AFC South, the Chiefs would again likely face the Jets.

One Response to “AFC Picture For Playoffs”

  • December 27, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    If I had to pick an opponent that would give us the best chance to win. New York Jets.
    Go Chiefs.

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