The Kansas City Chiefs are back in the mix as legitimate contenders in the AFC. Despite faltering for a few weeks in the middle of the 2019 regular season, the surging Chiefs are now back to form — especially after most recently defeating the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots on the road in Week 14.
However, the Chiefs will need to continue to win if Kansas City is going to make some noise in the postseason after winning the AFC West division this past Sunday evening. Although officially punching their ticket to the playoffs, the Chiefs are still fighting for positioning within the AFC alongside the aforementioned Patriots, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. Because of the Chiefs have defeated the Patriots but lost to both the Texans and Titans, securing the No. 2 or No. 3 seed when all is said and done could prove immensely advantageous for Kansas City.
Now at 9-4 on the season and a full game ahead of both the Texans and Titans in addition to one game behind the Patriots, the Chiefs have yet another test coming up on Sunday. Even after clinching a division title, the Chiefs must have a fully focused group ready to roll in Week 15 as the team gears up to host the pesky Denver Broncos.
Patrick Mahomes will be the “X-Factor” for Kansas City
Even after encountering a bit of injury trouble earlier in the year, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has since become one of the best players in the NFL — again. Last season, Mahomes was notably crowded as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in just his first season as the team’s full-time starter under center. With his legs and confidence back under him, expect Mahomes to quickly become the most important player on the field for the upcoming Week 15 AFC West clash between the Chiefs and rival Denver Broncos.
Mahomes will surely be too much for a banged up Broncos defense to handle in the end with the Chiefs winning at home.
Quarterback Drew Lock and the Broncos must come back down to Earth at some point
The Denver Broncos team that will take the field on Sunday is definitely not the same team that previously took the field against the Kansas City Chiefs back on October 17 — a game won by Kansas City in blowout fashion, 30-6. With rookie quarterback, who began the season on the sideline due to injury, now manning the ship in Denver, the Broncos have been playing much better football and have won consecutive games under the direction of the first-year signal caller.
However, Denver and company must come back down to Earth at some point while riding this high won’t last forever. With only a few weeks left in the 2019-20 regular season, now is more than likely the time in which Lock encounters his first truly tough test atop the NFL level.
The Chiefs are simply too hot to stop right now
The worst thing that can happen to the rest of the AFC is that the Kansas City Chiefs are back in action as one of the top teams in the entire league. After a hot start to the 2019-20 regular season, the Chiefs encountered a few weeks that made it seem as though Kansas City would quickly become yet another pedestrian, middle of the pack team in the AFC. However, the Chiefs have since strung together three straight wins en route to improving to 9-4 on the year while already clinching the AFC West division for the fourth consecutive season.
This team is simply too good again and won’t be caught off guard by a recently competitive Denver Broncos team.
Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking fresh off of a win over the heralded New England Patriots
Whether it is because the house is packed with some of the most intense sports fans on the planet or the stadium is literally shaking from all the noise and commotion, the Kansas City Chiefs own quite the home field advantage at Arrowhead Stadium. With the team currently red-hot and fresh off of a massive road victory over the heralded New England Patriots, Arrowhead Stadium is sure to be rocking at full throttle against the Denver Broncos.
With quarterback Patrick Mahomes ready to score against a banged up Broncos defense, it won’t take much for Arrowhead Stadium to nearly burst in Week 15. If the Chiefs give the hometown crowd anything to cheer about early on, expect Kansas City to put their upcoming opponent away sooner rather than later.