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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan

Week 18 is here and the Kansas City Chiefs have a chance at claiming the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Who should Chiefs fans root for to help their chances?

A Kansas City Chiefs fan holds a sign saying Take It Back during an NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on Dec 26, 2021 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sunday update: The Titans beat the Texans on Sunday and with that clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They get a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoff bracket. The Chiefs settle for the No. 2 seed in the AFC bracket.

Saturday update: the Chiefs beat the Broncos on Saturday, which keeps them in the race for the No. 1 seed. Their win does secure them the No. 2 seed at the very least, which means home field advantage unless they face the No. 1 seed in the AFC Championship.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost a huge opportunity in Week 17, losing 34-31 to the Bengals on a late field goal. With the loss, the Chiefs dropped to 11-5 and into a tie with the Titans. Tennessee has the head-to-head tiebreaker and so they get the No. 1 seed heading into Week 18 and the Chiefs are in second.

Kansas City opens Week 18 on Saturday when they travel to face the Broncos. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET and the game will air on ESPN. The Chiefs are a 9.5-point road favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, no doubt boosted by the Broncos being eliminated from playoff contention.

The Chiefs need help to have a shot at the No. 1 seed, but if they lose, they could end up anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 in the final playoff bracket. If you are a Chiefs fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their positioning.

Titans vs. Texans

If the Titans win, it doesn’t matter what the Chiefs do on Saturday. This is an easy call for Chiefs fans. The Titans are 10.5-point road favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Bengals vs. Browns

If the Chiefs win on Saturday, Bengals-Browns doesn’t matter. But if the Chiefs lose, they’ll hope the Bengals lose to avoid a drop in the standings. Cincinnati beat KC and also has the better conference record if that tiebreaker comes into play. The Bengals are 2.5-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Bills vs. Jets
Patriots vs. Dolphins

These two games are interesting given the tie between the two. If the Chiefs win, neither of these games matter. If the Chiefs lose, one of these two teams will finish ahead of the Chiefs in the playoff standings. If the Bills win, they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, and if needed the conference record tiebreaker. If the Patriots win and the Bills lose, New England has the conference record tiebreaker over the Chiefs. So really, Chiefs fans will just want a Saturday W to make void any implications from these two games.

The Bills are 14-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook and the Patriots are seven-point favorites.