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NFL playoff picture: Kansas City Chiefs strengthen postseason bid after Week 10

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Updating the Chiefs spot in the AFC playoff picture.

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs remain one game behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West following Week 10. The Chiefs beat the Bills while the Broncos toppled the mighty Oakland Raiders.

Just as it was last week, the Chiefs would be in the playoffs if they started today (which they don't). The Chiefs held the sixth seed last week and with their win and the Steelers loss, the Chiefs now hold the fifth seed in the AFC.

The Chiefs would visit Cleveland to play the Browns if the playoffs started today. If those two teams were to play today I think you might see the Chiefs favored.

Find the NFC playoff picture here. As for the AFC...

Your Week 10 AFC playoff picture update:

1. New England Patriots (7-2)

2. Denver Broncos (7-2)

3. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)

4. Cleveland Browns (6-3)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

6. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1)

Pittsburgh holds the seventh spot at 6-4, and the Chiefs play them in December. ESPN does a nice job of breaking down all the AFC teams and explaining the tiebreakers, which you can see here.

AFC West standings

1. Denver Broncos (7-2)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

3. San Diego Chargers (5-4)

4. Oakland Raiders (0-9)

Just last week I would have told you that the Chiefs legitimately competing for a division title probably isn't happening. But the Chiefs just keep winning. They're beating good teams. They have now won six of their last seven games. They're one of the hottest teams in football if not the hottest.

Last year we were waiting for it all to fall apart. This year I gain more and more faith with each passing week. If the Chiefs don't win the division the best they can do is the fifth or sixth playoff spot which would pit them up against the third or fourth seeds on the road on Wild Card weekend. If I'm the Browns, I don't want to play the Chiefs right now.