Post-Season Picture … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

I’ve always felt it was one of the dumbest statements at any point in the NFL season, save the final game:

If the season ended today …

The season doesn’t end today, or tomorrow, or the day after that. But we can see the end of the 2010 regular season on the horizon and fans all around the NFL that want to talk about playoffs and possibilities. This year for the first time in four years, the Chiefs Nation is considering post-season scenarios.

So … if the season ended today, the Chiefs would be hosting the New York Jets in a divisional round game in the AFC playoffs on either January 8 or 9.

All that changes nothing – the surest way for the Chiefs to be playing on January 8/9 is to win their final games against Tennessee and Oakland.

Right now, four of the 12 spots in the AFC and NFC post-season brackets have been filled. In the AFC it’s New England and Pittsburgh. In the NFC it’s Atlanta and Chicago. The Bears are the only team that so far has won their division outright.  

Essentially there are seven other teams in the AFC trying to claim one of the four still open spots in the playoffs. In the order of their records they are: Baltimore and New York Jets at 10-4; Chiefs at 9-5; Indianapolis, San Diego and Jacksonville at 8-6; Oakland at 7-7.

It’s eight teams fighting for four spots in the NFC bracket: Philadelphia and New Orleans, 10-4; New York Giants at 9-4; Green Bay and Tampa Bay at 8-6; St. Louis and Seattle at 6-8; San Francisco is 5-9.

The 49ers? No really, they have life. If they win their last two and St. Louis and Seattle lose their last two games, San Francisco would win the division at 7-9.

As for this weekend, there are five teams that could claim a spot in the field for the playoffs, but only one that can do it solo: the New York Giants. With a victory over Green Bay, they are in the NFC bracket. The other five teams that could punch their ticket with help are the Chiefs, Ravens, Jets, Eagles and Saints.

For the Chiefs, their situation basically remains unchanged from last week before they beat the Rams. They are the only team that can win the AFC West on its own – but they essentially need to win the division it to make the playoffs.

Here are the scenarios:

The Chiefs can win the division with a victory over Tennessee and a Chargers loss at Cincinnati. If the Chiefs win both of their remaining games, they finish 11-5 and take the AFC West. The best San Diego could get to is 10-6, while Oakland would be 8-8.

If the Chiefs win just one of their remaining two games then the matter of the playoffs becomes a bit more complicated. They would finish 10-6 and would eliminate Oakland, even though the Raiders would have a 2-0 record against the Chiefs. They would be eliminated because at best if they win their last two games, they could be is 9-7.

If San Diego won its last two games, they would finish 10-6 and would have the tie-breaker edge on the Chiefs. The first tie-breaker is head-to-head and that’s a push, since both teams have victories. Next is AFC West record – where the Chiefs would be 3-3 or 2-4 depending on the outcome of the game with the Raiders. The Chargers could be 3-3 or 2-4 depending on the outcome of their last game of the season against the Broncos. Next tie-breaker is record in common games. If the Chiefs split, their record would be 7-5. If the Chargers wrap up with two victories they would be 8-4 and win the division.

Should the Chiefs and Chargers both go 1-1, K.C. wins the division.

The Wildcard Picture

Should the Chargers win two and the Chiefs just one, then the Chargers are division champs and the Chiefs opportunity for the playoffs would fall into the wildcard pot. It’s not a very good view there.

Consider that scenario would leave the Chiefs 10-6. Right now, the Jets, Ravens and Steelers have 10 victories already. If any of those teams were to win one of their final two games they would eliminate the Chiefs from the wildcard pool. If the Chiefs finish with 10 victories, they could also be tied with Indianapolis and Jacksonville; those teams have eight victories each right now.

The Chiefs would have the head-to-head edge on the Jaguars because of a victory earlier in the season. The Colts would have the edge on the Chiefs because of a regular season victory in Indianapolis.

There is no wiggle room for the Chiefs in the wildcard race. It’s impossible to say it’s impossible for the 2010 Chiefs after what happened in 2006 on the last day of the season. Herm Edwards’ first team made the playoffs with a final game victory over Jacksonville and a host of other dominos that toppled in the direction of the red and gold that afternoon.

But the opportunities do not look good because of K.C.’s conference record. Here are the numbers:




AFC Record

To Date

Best Possible

AFC Record


New England












New York Jets
















San Diego







There is no wiggle room there for the Chiefs. They can’t catch New England, Pittsburgh and the New York Jets even now with their AFC record, let alone after two more games. If they go 10-6 and Baltimore loses two games, the Ravens conference record would be 7-5, compared to the Chiefs 6-6. That leaves them out. If the Chiefs go 1-1, finish 10-6 and the Jets finish 10-6, the Jets conference record would be 8-4.

This is where those defeats in Indianapolis and Houston really come back to bite the Chiefs. They had fourth quarter chances to win both of those games and couldn’t pull it off. If they had one or both of those games in the victory column, things would look different in the post-season picture.

For instance there is this scenario: say the Chiefs split their last two games, Baltimore lost its last two games and Jacksonville lost once. That would leave the Chiefs and Ravens at 10-6 and Jacksonville 9-7, eliminating the Jaguars. The Chiefs and Ravens would both finish with 7-5 conference records. That would send the tie-breaker to the next level, record in common games. They shared games against the Browns, Broncos, Bills and Texans. The Chiefs record was 3-2. In this scenario, the Ravens record would be 4-1.

Here’s the bottom line for the Chiefs – the least complicated route to the playoffs comes by winning their last two games.


Although he’s been with the team going on just nine months, the Chiefs honored Thomas Jones by making him the franchise’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. It’s an honor that goes to a player who leaves his mark on the field and in the community and is considered the highest off-field honor in pro football.

The reigning NFL Man of the Year is Chiefs LG Brian Waters, and other Chiefs players who have won the honor are Len Dawson, Willie Lanier, Derrick Thomas and Will Shields.

“I am truly touched,” Jones said. “While I play the game of football for a living, it doesn’t define who I am as a person. It is the work I do in the community that’s a real passion of mine. I’m not one to seek the spotlight or do things in order to receive recognition. That’s what makes this news so humbling to me.”


  • BENGALS – placed WR Terrell Owens on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season
  • BROWNS – placed LB Scott Fujita (knee) and CB Eric Wright (knee) on the injured-reserve list ending their seasons; signed NT Travis Ivey off their practice squad; signed LB Steve Octavien, last with Cowboys.
  • BUCCANEERS – signed S Dominique Harris off the Bills practice squad; released S Vince Anderson.
  • CHARGERS – released LB Darry Beckwith; signed LB Brandon Moore, last with the UFL.
  • COWBOYS – placed QB Tony Romo on the injured-reserve list (collarbone) ending his season; signed WR Teddy Williams off their practice squad.
  • EAGLES – placed FS Nate Allen on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; released TE/FB Garrett Mills; signed CB Jamar Wall and DT Jeff Owens off their practice squad.
  • PACKERS – approved QB Aaron Rodgers for a return to practice and playing after he passed concussion tests on Tuesday.
  • PATRIOTS – released DT Louis Leonard.
  • STEELERS – placed LS Greg Warren on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season.
  • VIKINGS – released QB R.J. Archer.

12 Responses to “Post-Season Picture … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 22, 2010  - Butler says:

    Enough of this Talk
    It’s about our TEAM period
    How you Thinkith is how you Isith !!!!
    How you see yourself is where you will BE.
    No negative THOUGHTS now NONE period.

    Go CHIEFS Go Get-R-Done !!!!!!

  • December 22, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    Honestly, it’s nice just talking about the playoffs.

    Let’s win out KC. I’ll be screaming and chopping from England during both games.

  • December 22, 2010  - TDKC says:

    I think the Chiefs have one more win in them this regular season. Sure would be nice to win a playoff game though.

  • December 22, 2010  - el cid says:

    It has been so long since the Chiefs have been in the conversation about the playoffs. We need to soak it in. Still have two games to work out but still – The playoffs.

    Not the first, not the last but Merry Christmas to Bob, Enrique, and the posters. Hope it is a good one for all and their families. Also have a good New Year.

  • December 22, 2010  - RW says:

    The Chiefs need to continue to hold serve at home and if so, they’re in as they should be. If they don’t? Didn’t deserve it.

    How nice would it be to take out the Titans then have SD lose? Resting the regulars for that last regular season game at home would be a tasty luxury to say the least.

  • December 22, 2010  - Enrique says:

    el cid:

    Thanks for your wishes man. Similar ones go from Mexico to you and your family. Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2010  - el cid says:

    Feliz Navidad a su familia. Man, following the Chiefs from Mexico, talk about long distance fan.

  • December 22, 2010  - Flyboy26 says:

    From Acapulco: To Bob, Enrique, your staff, and all Chief’s fans, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011. Thanks to Sky TV and NFL Sunday Ticket, I can always follow my favorite team, even when I can’t always make it to KC.

  • December 22, 2010  - Enrique says:

    Acapulco, Flyboy26? Man…you’re really “suffering” right now, aren’t you? Merry Christmas from Puebla.

    And yes, hopefully 2010 will be a good one for all of us.

  • December 22, 2010  - Thomas says:

    The Chiefs need to stay focused and take care of business. No matter what happens in the final 2 games, this team has grown and taken tremendous strides to bring back some respect to a great organization.
    I see many great things ahead for this team.

    Go Chiefs

  • December 22, 2010  - Flyboy26 says:

    Actually Enrique, I am suffering because I won’t be able to make it to the game Sunday, even with Season Tickets, because of no seats on AA. However, you can bet I’ll be there in spirit watching every play on TV. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the Raiders game.

    Go Chiefs

  • December 23, 2010  - cychief24 says:

    My brother, my son and I will be pounding the top of the ribbon board from the front row of the upper deck trying to mess up Kerry Collins and Jason Campbell.

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