Chiefs Rooting Rankings: Week 4

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Arrowhead Guys tells you who to root for this week!

The NFL has returned, and not only will we be rooting for the Chiefs, but we will be rooting against those teams that stand in between us and another Super Bowl championship. This is the weekly piece where I rank exactly which teams we should be rooting against that maximize the Chiefs’ odds of reaching the final game of the season.

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 Bills 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.
  4. I will continue to include AFC teams that are within 3 games of the Chiefs. If a team is more than 3 games back, we’ll assume they’re no longer a threat.

Rankings

1: Titans over Bengals

2: Browns over Ravens

3: Raiders over Chargers

4: Bills over Dolphins

This may be the muddiest Rooting Rankings ever. The only teams that look particularly threatening are the Bills and Dolphins, and they play each other so it’s hard to know who to pick there (I went with the Bills since the Dolphins look like they have the higher ceiling).

Otherwise I think I have to go with the Bengals, since they are still historically our biggest kryptonite even if they’re struggling right now. Then maybe the Ravens, but that means the Browns winning and that could potentially be a sign that they’re actually good.

Then there’s the Chargers, where a loss to the Raiders would put them 3 games back (assuming the Chiefs beat the lowly Jets) and all but out of the division race (the Raiders aren’t a threat no matter what happens).

5: Falcons over Jaguars

6: Cowboys over Patriots

7: Broncos over Bears

8: Texans over Steelers

Now to the group that are not a threat to us, and will likely be falling off the list from the 3 game rule over the next couple weeks.

The only one of any real note is that I decided that we should be rooting for the Broncos. As funny as a loss to the Bears would be, that could give them Caleb Williams and that could potentially be very bad. But it’s still salt in the wound that Chiefs fans are now rooting for them so they don’t get draft picks in week 4.

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rip58
09/29/2023 4:06 pm
MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  rip58
09/29/2023 4:09 pm

An Another Place video?
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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  rip58
09/29/2023 4:35 pm

Hey!!! I didn’t see Taylor Swift in this video!!!

rip58
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/29/2023 6:31 pm

Haha….. don’t kill the Messenger….and your welcome.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
09/29/2023 3:45 pm

The bears are going to win a couple of games. Their schedule is a cakewalk.
Broncos
Commodes
Vikings
Raiders
Chargers
Saints
Panthers
Lions
Vikings
Lions
Browns
Cardinals
Falcons
Panthers

Assuming the Lions win the north with a winning record, that may be the only team they play the rest of the year that ends up with a winning record.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
09/29/2023 3:49 pm

The donkeys are going to win a couple of games too. They have an easy schedule too. They still have games against the jets, Packers, vikings, Browns, Texans and raiders.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
09/29/2023 4:19 pm

You have panthers twice. I’m pretty sure at least one of those should be the packers

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Team Player
09/29/2023 4:59 pm

I would assume the last one. Division game. Packers looked very pantherish last night. They’re not very good.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
09/29/2023 3:09 pm

What I’m trying to figure out is why did the USA team even go to Europe to play in the ryder cup? Watching the US play in this tournament is sickening.

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
09/29/2023 1:13 pm

Have you become completely unhinged? Root for the donks? Blasphemy!!!

3rdnlong
09/29/2023 12:11 pm

Yeah, I gotta disagree. Never going to root for the Broncos to win. I hope they lose, and then for future losses, they can lose to the Raiders and Chargers.

Nasrani
Reply to  3rdnlong
09/29/2023 1:02 pm

In those non-Chiefs AFC West games, why can’t both teams lose?

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upamtn
Reply to  Nasrani
09/29/2023 2:06 pm

IKR?

Nasrani
09/29/2023 10:49 am

The Denver-Chicago game should be subtitled “An Exercise in Ineptitude.”

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Nasrani
09/29/2023 1:24 pm

Or forgotten like their aspirations for 2023

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