Chiefs Rooting Rankings: Week 1

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Arrowhead Guys tells you who to root for this week!

Have you ever been sitting around on a Sunday after the Chiefs have pulled off yet another victory watching a game between the Lions and the Cardinals wondering who you should root for?

Then today’s you’re lucky day!

In this series we’ll go through the games each week and explain, from a Chiefs fan perspective, who you should and shouldn’t root for and which games are the most important.

But first the rules.

Rules

  1. The rankings and interests are based solely on which outcomes benefit the Chiefs the most. So while some may root for the Patriots to beat the Raiders because we hate the Raiders, from the Chiefs perspective it’s best for the Raiders to win and make it easier for the Chiefs to get the top seed.
  2. NFC vs. NFC matchups won’t be ranked. The only way they impact the Chiefs is if we get down to the 4th tiebreaker for playoff seeding (meaning head-to-head, win-loss record in conference games, and win-loss record in common games are all tied). in which case they factor into strength of victory and strength of schedule. Not only is this unlikely to be relevant, but even if it is we already know to root for NFC North teams (since that’s who we play this year).
  3. The Chiefs game won’t be ranked because, duh, we root for the Chiefs to win and it will always be our most important game.

Rankings

1: Colts over Chargers

For the early weeks whoever plays the Chargers will always have the top spot. Winning the division is the most important goal and with the Chargers likely being one of the top teams in the AFC, we could see a situation like last year where the winner of the AFC West is the top seed while the loser has to play in the wildcard round despite having a similar record.

Unfortunately this week the Colts don’t seem likely to put up much resistance. With the sudden retirement of Luck the Chargers are a vastly superior team and should win easily.

2: Titans over Browns

It’s amazing how quickly times change. The Browns went from a historically bad team to a serious contender in just a couple years. The Titans look to be good but not great like they’ve been the past couple years, so they don’t seem like much of a threat. We’d be best served by the Browns losing.

3: Saints over Texans

A general rule of thumb is that you always want the NFC team to beat the AFC team, so this one is an easy choice. With Luck retiring the Texans are favored to win the AFC South, so the Chiefs need to make sure to have a better record than them.

4: Steelers over Patriots

While this game will have a bigger impact than some of the ones above it, the problem is that both the Steelers and Patriots are threats to the Chiefs, so it’s difficult to know which one to root for. Whoever wins this game will have the inside track to a first round bye.

5: Bills over Jets

Now we’re getting to the games that most likely won’t matter at all. While I personally think the Bills will be better this year, the Jets have a much higher ceiling, so it’d be nice for their dreams to be crushed as early as possible.

6: Dolphins over Ravens

The Dolphins are in tank mode, and while Lamar Jackson will likely take the path most other run-first quarterbacks take and regress, the Ravens are still technically more of a threat and therefore we should root for the Dolphins.

7: Raiders over Broncos

The battle for the basement of the AFC West starts week one. I guess the Broncos are superior, so better for the Raiders to win.

8: Seahawks over Bengals

The Bengals are a complete non-threat, so their game gets the lowest ranking.

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backbone313
backbone313

For the entire year, it will be anybody Vs the Texans

For having done nothing in the playoffs on the field, their fans sure are loud off of it.

Texans fans = media talking heads for Chargers

stjoechief

We’d be best served by the Browns losing.

This may come back to haunt you later. Freddie Kitchens at the head of the horde of egomaniacs Dorsey has assembled is an unstable mixture at best and the Titans could be sneaky good. Still, based on available information it’s hard to disagree.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Cool article! I hope you do this every week.

Team Player
Team Player

How narrow minded.

We root against SF and SEA too for better draft picks

irafreak
irafreak

I’m thinking I want the Bill’s, jets, dolphins to give the Pats a fight for once. So if the jets have the highest ceiling, I want them to get in a roll. Make new England work for their playoff spot.

stjoechief

Totally agree. Any team other than the Cheatriots winning the AFC East is good for the Chiefs.

legal_kush
legal_kush

The sharps love the Colts plus the points. They went from +3 to +7 after Luck’s announcement and tgat got quickly beaten down to six, haven’t checked today.