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How can the Chiefs clinch a playoff spot in Week 17?

We discuss the scenarios that could see the Kansas City Chiefs clinching a playoff spot in Week 17.

Patrick Mahomes #15 and Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs walk onto the field prior to the start of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs have struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their past six games to drop to 9-6. In spite of that, they are close to clinching the AFC West title thanks to the ineptitude of the rest of the division. The Raiders have won two straight but are still two full games out of first place, while the Broncos have lost three of four to fade to 7-8 after closing to within a game of Kansas City.

The Chiefs can longer clinch the top seed in the AFC, but they are in position to lock up the division and a first round home game.

Sunday 1 p.m. results: The Raiders lost to the Colts. The Chiefs will clinch the AFC West with a win or a Broncos loss.

Sunday 4 p.m. results: The Chiefs beat the Bengals which allowed them to clinch the AFC West title. They are locked into the No. 3 seed.

Kansas City Chiefs playoff clinching scenarios - Week 17

Kansas City clinches playoff berth and AFC West division title with:

  1. KC win or tie OR
  2. LV loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

The Chiefs are hosting the Bengals and are a touchdown favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Bengals were playing well with Jake Browning replacing Joe Burrow, but they lost an ugly one to the Steelers last week and are on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.

The Raiders are traveling to face the Colts and are a field goal underdog. The Broncos are hosting the Chargers and are a five-point favorite.