Why the Chiefs Should Be Considered the Best and Worst Team Remaining in the AFC Playoff Bracket

The Kansas City Chiefs are fresh off a blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Patrick Mahomes and his team are set to clash with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game.

Questions remain about whether or not the Chiefs can defeat the Bills — remember, they lost to Buffalo earlier this season. Even more, there is an interesting stat that doesn’t bode well for Kansas City, even if they get past the Bills this weekend.

The Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in football and just destroyed the Steelers

The Chiefs put an unfortunate end to Ben Roethlisberger’s career with a 42-21 victory, including five touchdown passes from Mahomes.

Travis Kelce had a terrific game, including a touchdown pass, and made NFL history of his own. The defense frustrated the Steelers, and the Chiefs’ struggles from earlier in the year are in the rearview mirror.

Kansas City has rattled off 10 victories in its last 11 games, with that lone blemish being a three-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Other than that, this team is clicking and has eyes on a third straight trip to the Super Bowl. However, they face an uphill climb, especially with the remaining AFC teams.

Beware: Kansas City has not fared well against the remaining AFC playoff teams

That isn’t promising, and for that reason, the Chiefs could easily be considered the worst team left in the AFC playoff field.

Even though the Chiefs are playing the best football of the season, the last three losses have come against the three remaining AFC teams.

Joe Burrow and the Bengals won a thrilling matchup at home against the Chiefs, and after the game, Mahomes hinted that these two teams could meet again in the playoffs.

Well, that’s certainly a possibility.

The Chiefs also lost to the Bills earlier this season, 38-20, at Arrowhead Stadium, which gives Allen and his team even more confidence heading into Sunday’s game.

The Chiefs’ contest against the Tennesee Titans was not pretty. Mike Vrabel’s team silenced Kansas City, 27-3. The entire offense hit a wall against the top seed in the AFC, and A.J. Brown exploded with 133 yards and a touchdown on eight catches.

On the flip side, this Kansas City team is much different than back then and has found its groove on offense.

If Patrick Mahomes and the offense are on, nobody is stopping them

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in 2022.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes | Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It’s bad news for Buffalo if the Chiefs come to play against the Bills as they did against the Steelers.

The early-season struggles are gone, the Chiefs are playing at home, and Mahomes and company are itching for another trip to the Super Bowl after dropping an egg against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last February.

The Bills have that bitter taste from last year’s AFC title game on their tongues and should be even more motivated, especially after what Frank Clark said about them.

Which version of the Chiefs is going to show up?

The team that scored just 20 points against Buffalo in Week 5? Or the team that just sent Roethlisberger into retirement on a bitter note?

Nobody knows, but the Chiefs can very easily be the best team left in the AFC.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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