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 and wondering who you should root for?
Then today’s your 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.
If you want to know how I determine the rankings, or why not every game is included, see the explanation here.
1: Lions over Chargers
Unfortunately, the Chargers managed to squeak out a win in overtime against the Colts to keep pace in the division, and they should also be able to win yet again in Detroit over the Lions. But hopefully they won’t, so use your favorite mojo here.
2: Dolphins over Patriots
You could argue this should be number one, since the Patriots will likely be a bigger threat, but I have the philosophy that we should focus on winning the division first then worry about seeding. Unlike the Patriots, the Chiefs don’t have the luxury of having the rest of their division filled with cupcakes.
Unfortunately, the Dolphins are very unlikely to win. If they somehow do it it would be one of the biggest upsets ever, but we will root for them anyway. And who knows, the Patriots have a history of struggling in Miami.
3: Seahawks over Steelers
It’s hard to know what to make of the AFC North right now. In week 1 only the Ravens looked impressive, but anybody who’s watched the NFL knows that a single game can be deceiving. For now the Steelers should be considered a bigger threat than the Ravens given their more consistent history, so this game gets the higher ranking.
4: Cardinals over Ravens
I’m not a believer in the Ravens yet, but it would still be nice if the Cardinals could crush their spirits. Stranger things have happened.
5: Jets over Browns
Even with the bad loss in week 1 the Browns should still be considered a bigger threat than the Jets. Even if the Jets turn out to be pretty good they are unlikely to win their division, which means they won’t impact the Chiefs. Time to take the Dawgs to Obedience School.
6: Colts over Titans
The Titans had a very impressive week 1 win in Cleveland and have a real chance to compete for the AFC South title. The Colts did a bit better than expected in Los Angeles, but ultimately fell short. The Titans are clearly the bigger threat.
7: Jaguars over Texans
This is a hard one to judge, since both teams could be good, but as of now the Texans are better positioned to win the division, and the Chiefs have the tie breaker over the Jaguars, so the Chiefs would be better served with the Texans getting the loss.
8: Bears over Broncos
Now we’re getting to the games that don’t matter much. The Broncos looked pathetic against the Raiders in Oakland, and while they’re not completely dead yet, it would be a big shock if they came back to win the division. You could even argue we’d be better served with them winning to boost our strength of schedule.
8: Giants over Bills
Like the Jets, the Bills are unlikely to win the division even if they turn out to be pretty good. So what they do doesn’t impact the Chiefs much, but NFC over AFC.
8: 49ers over Bengals
The Bengals looked competitive in Seattle, but I still thing they’ll be near the bottom of the AFC by the end of the year. But still, root for the 49ers just in case (plus it hurts the tie breakers for the AFC North).