The 2014 NFL power rankings from SB Nation are out and they put the Kansas City Chiefs as the No. 14 team in the league, one spot behind the Cincinnati Bengals and one spot ahead of the Miami Dolphins.
The four teams right in front of the Chiefs are all teams that could be competing for a Wild Card spot with Kansas City, including No. 13 Cincinnati Bengals, No. 12 Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 11 San Diego Chargers and No. 10 Baltimore Ravens. That's the type of competition the Chiefs are dealing with right now.
What I want to do is to power rank the Chiefs remaining schedule based on the games they are most likely to win. Here's how I see the Chiefs final three games, from easiest to hardest:
1. Oakland Raiders, Week 15
Duh. Of course this is the most winnable game. It's also the only team on this list the Chiefs have lost to this year. Still, you have to point to this as the most winnable game. The Chiefs are double digit favorites and should win this game. If they lose, they don't deserve the playoffs
2. San Diego Chargers, Week 17
I put this one ahead of the Pittsburgh game because a.) it's at Arrowhead and b.) the Chiefs have already beaten the Chargers this year. In fact, the Chiefs nearly beat the Chargers twice last year in both of their games. So Kansas City is absolutely capable of winning. Plus, if the Chiefs can win their next two, they would enter this game in a possible "Win and you're in" scenario, which means Arrowhead would bring the house down. The Chiefs, at home, will probably be favored to win this game.
3. at Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 16
The Steelers have Le'Veon Bell who is playing like one of the best backs in the league. The Chiefs can't stop the run. This seems like a problem. What's also a problem is that the Chiefs have had trouble at times defending the long pass (much better at that this season) and Ben Roethlisberger has a big arm and Antonio Brown is a fast receiver. This just spells trouble unless the Chiefs can rise above.