The Kansas City Chiefs need two things to happen this weekend to win the AFC West and get a first round bye. The odds are on the Chiefs side for both games.
First, the Chiefs have to beat the Chargers. The Chiefs are 4.5 point favorites over the Chargers, who are hosting the game in San Diego. The Chiefs know after Week 1 and that big comeback not to take this team lightly.
Second, the Chiefs need the Broncos to beat the Raiders. The Broncos are 1 to 2.5 point favorites depending on where you look. The Raiders won’t have Derek Carr. The Broncos may play Paxton Lynch but that defense is still pretty good.
538 also gives the Chiefs and Broncos the advantage this weekend.
“There hasn’t been anything decided besides that you’re in the playoffs,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Monday. “There are other things that can be decided. So, with that, we’re going to go through the process and get ourselves ready to play against a team that never gives up and that’s San Diego. As long as that Philip Rivers is there, man, he’s something. That’s the way they play, and their defense plays hard and aggressive, so we have to get ourselves ready to go.”
This is going to be a long week.