Chiefs Rooting Rankings and Playoff Picture: Week 7

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Arrowhead Guys tells you who to root for this week!





  1. The rankings and interests are based solely on which outcomes benefit the Chiefs the most. So while some may root for the Steelers 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 South 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.
  4. Once a team is 3 or more games back of the Chiefs they’re no longer considered a threat, so they won’t be listed.




1: Jets over Bills
2: Buccaneers over Raiders
3: Titans over Steelers

As the playoff picture takes shape, it’s clear that the Titans and Steelers are the biggest threats to the Chiefs to get the top seed. The good news is one of them will get a loss. The Steelers look to have a higher ceiling, so let’s hope it’s them.

4: Bengals over Browns
5: 49ers over Patriots

The Browns look a lot weaker than their 4-2 record given they got blown out in both their losses. The Patriots manage to barely qualify for the list, but looked very unimpressive against Denver.

Playoff Picture

Can you believe we’re already talking standings? It feels like the season just started. We’ll mostly focus on the overall playoff standings unless the Raiders continue to keep the division close.

1. Steelers (5-0)
2. Titans (5-0)
3. Chiefs (5-1)
4. Bills (4-2)
5. Ravens (5-1)
6. Browns (4-2)
7. Colts (4-2)

8. Raiders (3-2)
9. Dolphins (3-3)

The Chiefs are up 1.5 games on the Raiders in the division, but are 0.5 games back of the top seed. With the new playoff format it’s really the top seed or bust for the Chiefs. As you can see the Raiders are both the first team out of the wildcard and second in the division, so as long as we stay ahead of them we’ll make the playoffs. No matter what the Chiefs will still be at least 0.5 games back of the top seed since the Steelers and Titans play each other this week, but with 3 games in a row against teams with losing records the Chiefs have a chance to be sitting in the top spot by the time of our week 10 bye.

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10/22/2020 12:14 pm

First of all, the Squealers are overrated. They haven’t beat anyone. 9-19-1 opponents record, and it’s inflated by beating the Browns who also haven’t beat anyone (Wash, Cincy, Dallas). Squealers beat a bad Giants, a bad Donkeys, a bad Texans, a bad Eagles, and a probably bad Browns team. Reminds me of a Chiefs team not long ago that was 9-0… ring a bell? We WANT the Squealers to beat the Tennessee flaming thumbtacks. They still have Beefalo and 2X against Baltimore. I see them losing 2 out of 3 there.

10/22/2020 11:31 am

Can we hope for a tie in Titans vs Steelers?

I honestly don’t know what to think about that game, just because I haven’t seen the Steelers play this season. My feeling right now is to be more worried about the Titans, not just because they’re 5-0 but also because weird 2000s Patriots-esque bullshit seems to keep happening in their favor lately. The ability to successfully cheat, and luck, are two often overlooked traits of winning teams.

But I might change my mind after I see the Steelers play, if they look scary.

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Reply to  Tony Sommer
10/22/2020 1:31 pm

Close, but I think they’ve got a disturbing amount of the Patriots Way cheating ability. And luck. They remind me of the early-Brady Pats more than any Chiefs team.

Tannehill has more mobility and less killer instinct than Brady, which isn’t going to be good for the Titans in the longer term. But this season, I’m worried about them.

10/22/2020 11:30 am

I really hate the new playoff format.
It gives too much of an advantage to one team, and it drags another mediocre team into the mix. There had to be another way to make the same money for the NFL

Reply to  NovaChiefs
10/22/2020 11:34 am

I don’t remember if there was a reason they didn’t just go to 8 teams. I mean, of course I’d rather it stay at 6, but if they do have to increase the number, then like you said 7 is just a stupid number to settle on.

This must be one of those compromises that only makes everybody look bad. A compromise just for the sake of saying you got a compromise.

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Reply to  Berserker
10/22/2020 7:06 pm

You make me wish for the days when the winner of the NIT got to proclaim “we’re number 65!”

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