What the Chiefs are doing after Week 15

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With a victory over Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs clinched AFC West in Week 15.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs still weren’t able to capture the No. 1 seed. The Buffalo Bills won the game against the Miami Dolphins last weekend to maintain their tiebreaker win over K.C. For at least another week.

Here’s a look at the AFC playoff picture following Week 15 and heading into Week 16:

AFC standings after Week 15

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Playoff seeds

1. Buffalo Bills (11-3) [AFC East leader]
2. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3). [AFC West winner]
3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-4) [AFC North leader]
4. Tennessee Titans (7-7) [AFC South leader]
5. Baltimore Ravens (9-5) [wild card]
6. Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) [wild card]
7. Miami Dolphins (8-6) [wild card]

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8. New England Patriots (7-7).
9. New York Jets (7-7).
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-8)
11. Las Vegas Raiders (6-8).
12. Cleveland Browns (6-8).
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8).
14. Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1).

Eliminated

Denver Broncos (4-10)
Houston Texans (1-12-1)

If the playoffs were to begin today, the Chiefs will host the Dolphins for the wild-card round.

The Chiefs lost to the Bills earlier this season, giving them an advantage in the playoff seedings. That’s why Buffalo is in the No. 1 spot. The Bills are unlikely to lose two of their three previous games, so the Chiefs will need to win and hope for one more Bills defeat to claim the No. 1 seed. Buffalo’s biggest challenge remaining this season is its Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

They will need to be cautious as a loss could result in them falling further down the seeding list. The Chiefs are one game lower than the Bengals. If they have the same record, they would be tied.

Story short: The Chiefs must win and the Bills should lose.

What is the tiebreaker for playoff seeding?

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The playoff tiebreaking procedure is:

  1. If applicable, head-to-head record

  2. Record of conference wins and losses.

  3. Record of win-loss for the best common games (minimum four).

  4. Victory is possible.

  5. The strength of the schedule.

  6. The conference’s best combined points and allowed ranking.

  7. Top combined points earned and top allowed ranking within NFL

  8. Games for conference best net points

  9. The best net points in all of the games.

  10. The best net touchdowns in all of the games

  11. A coin flip.

Who are the Chiefs’ remaining rivals?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Week

Date

Opponent

Time

16

Saturday, Dec. 24

Seattle Seahawks vs.

Noon CT FOX

Tickets

17

Sunday, Jan. 1

vs. Denver Broncos

CBS at Noon CT

Tickets

18

Saturday/Sunday, January 7 or 8

Las Vegas Raiders

TBD

Tickets

 

Who are the Bills’ remaining rivals?

Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Week

Date

Opponent

Time

16

Saturday, Dec. 24

@ Chicago Bears

CBS at Noon CT

Tickets

17

Monday, Jan. 2

@ Cincinnati Bengals

7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN/ABC

Tickets

18

Sunday, Jan. 8

New England Patriots vs.

TBD

Tickets

 

Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire

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