Kansas City Chiefs: Will a perfect home record be good enough for a playoff win?
Few teams would benefit more from a home playoff game than the Chiefs, whose regular season inconsistencies have forced them to take their show on the road in January: Arrowhead Stadium has hosted just one playoff game in the last 10 seasons.
Five of Kansas City’s last nine games are theoretically favorable matchups at home, against the Jaguars, Bucs, Raiders, Titans and Broncos; all four remaining road trips are testers at Carolina, Denver, Oakland and San Diego. If the Chiefs hold serve at home and steal at least one road win, an AFC West title could be theirs for the taking. It will be hard to get to that point without more consistency from breakout players Dee Ford and Tyreek Hill and fewer, if any, no-shows like the Week 4 loss to the Steelers.