ESPN Analytics, which crunches the numbers on these things, gives the Chiefs a 94.3 percent chance, to be exact, to play in the postseason. That seems to be a high number given that the 8-5 Chiefs are tied with two other teams with the same record, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, for the AFC’s two wild-card playoff berths.
Playing at Arrowhead is, all things being equal, advantageous for the Chiefs. But things aren’t equal here. Who the Chiefs play is more important than where, and playing an opponent from among Houston, Indianapolis and Jacksonville is preferable to one among Denver, Pittsburgh and the Jets, even if the game is on the road.
Kubiak is right in that the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback hasn't changed. That will be Brock Osweiler, as it has been for four straight weeks, Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com confirmed. But the circumstances surrounding Osweiler's fifth start have altered significantly. First, there's Peyton Manning. After weeks of rest and rehab, the future Hall of Famer is ready to return - to practice.
Ford finished the game with a team-high 7 tackles, adding 3 sacks—all of which came in the final 17 minutes of the game, and the Chiefs held on to a one-touchdown lead to Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and company. With that performance, Ford has been nominated for the "Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week" award.
Not only has Ford been behind two Pro Bowlers on the depth chart, he's also had to transition from a 4-3 defense end at Auburn to a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Chiefs. As a rookie, Ford played 11.5 percent of Kansas City's defensive snaps. This season, the former St. Clair County High School star had played 21 percent of the defensive snaps before starting the past two games. In his starts, Ford has been on the field for 141 plays, only 16 fewer than in the first 11 games of the season combined.
"We’ve been a little inconsistent the last couple of weeks on the snaps," coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday. "We’ve got to fix that." If the current late-season woes with the field goal unit offer déjà vu, they should. Kansas City experienced trouble with then-long snapper Thomas Gafford during the final weeks of the 2014 season, leading to the signing of long snapper Charley Hughlett to the practice squad in Week 15.
The Chiefs are 3-1 all-time at M&T Bank Stadium, and Sunday’s game will be the first time the Chiefs have played in Baltimore since the first week of the 2009 season. Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 2-1 in three career meetings against Baltimore.
During that period, the Chiefs collected 205,410 meals, breaking the record of 179,681 meals set in 2014. "As we have come to expect, the Chiefs Kingdom responds with overwhelming generosity," said Bill Chapin, the Chiefs senior vice president of business operations. "We are thankful to our fans, our partners, our players and the Chiefs organization for their efforts in continuing to address this priority need in our community."
Searching for "street" free agents to place on their offseason roster, the Broncos worked out 11 players Tuesday, including running backs Trent Richardson, Cyrus Gray and Daniel Thomas, quarterback Ryan Lindley, tight end Nick Kasa and receivers Greg Little, Denarius Moore, Jerrel Jernigan and DeVier Posey.