The Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) will return to the AFC playoffs as AFC West champions for the fourth consecutive year. With two weeks left in the regular 2019 NFL season, they will end up being seeded in one of the four ways going into the playoffs.
The leaders are today’s No. 3 Going to Week 16. Here are the scenarios to finish right where they are or go to No. 1, No. 2 or No. 4:
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NFL Playoff Picture: How the Chiefs Get the First Seed of the AFC
The Chiefs can only do so if they win (at Bears Week 16, against Chargers Week 17) to improve to 12-4, while the Ravens (12-2) lose two and the Patriots (11-3) lose one. or two. The Chiefs are winning a three-way tie thanks to both teams winning this season.
How Leaders Get Seed No. 2 of the AFC
If the Chiefs win 12-4 and the Ravens win at least one, the best the Chiefs can do is No 2. For that to happen, the Patriots will still have to lose one or two games. If the Chiefs go 1-1 to finish 11-5, it can only be No. 2 if the Patriots and Texans (9-5) lose and the Bills lose (10-4) once.
How Heads Hold Seed No. 3 of the AFC
If the Chiefs win to reach 12-4 and the Ravens win at least one and the Patriots win out to reach 13-3, the Chiefs will stay right where they are. The Chiefs can also go 1-1 to reach 11-5 and stay at No. 3 behind the Ravens and Patriots, but in that case they would need the Texans, who lost, to lose one to be at least 10-6.
How Heads Fall to Seed No. 4 of the AFC
The Chiefs 1-1 and the Texans 2-0 would do that. Should the Chiefs go 0-2 to make it 10-6, the Texans 1-1 would do so. Should the Chiefs go 0-2 and the Texans go 0-2, the Chiefs could also go down a point if the Titans, who lost, too, went 2-0 to win the AFC South.