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Chiefs Record Against Other Playoff Contenders

After Week 14 in the NFL, there are 12 teams in the AFC still vying for a playoff spot. Some teams, like the 5-8 Titans, have a longer road to go to clinch a spot than other teams, like the 10-3 Steelers.

The Chiefs sit right in the middle. We don't really know which way they're going to go but the key is that they control their own destiny.

A one-liner you hear often about the Chiefs (from us, too) is that they simply beat the teams they should. That's true to a degree. Of all the playoff contenders in the AFC, only the Titans (2-6) have a worse record against other AFC playoff contenders than the Chiefs (2-4).

Yet the Chiefs are in first place -- thanks to the NFC West (and you, too, Buffalo). You can only play the games on the schedule.

The Chargers are 5-4 against AFC playoff contenders and the Raiders are 3-5. Of course the schedules vary because beating the Titans isn't the same as beating the the Patriots., but this is a cool look at how everyone does against the "good" teams in the AFC.

I got some of this information from Bolts From The Blue and it's pretty useful to have it all in one spot. Here's a chart explaining how the playoff contenders have done against each other to this point (and, wow, the Raiders are 4-0 in the division).

TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERS

OVERALL

DIV.

CONF.

WK. 15

WK. 16

WK. 17

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

8-5

2-3

5-5

at StL

Ten

Oak

Wins: Jax, SD; Losses: Hou, Ind, Oak, SD

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

7-6

2-3

6-4

SF

at Cin

at Den

Wins: Jax, Hou, Ind, KC, Ten; Losses: KC, NE, Oak (2)

OAKLAND RAIDERS

6-7

4-0

4-5

Den

Ind

at KC

Wins: KC, SD (2); Losses: Hou, Jax, Mia, Pit, Ten

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