- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.