Kansas City Chiefs are AFC West Champions
The Kansas City Chiefs versus the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 24.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 24 29-13, and in doing so clinched their second straight AFC West division championship. After starting the season with a 5-0 record, the Chiefs went on to lose 6 of their next 7 games, putting the team’s postseason hopes in jeopardy. However, over the past three weeks, the Chiefs have outscored their opponents 85-41, winning all three games, and appear to have returned to their early season form in time for the playoffs which begin on January 6th. The Chiefs are locked in as the AFC’s 4th seed and will have the luxury of resting key starters in the regular season finale against the Broncos Dec. 31 in Denver. For fans, that means they will likely see Patrick Mahomes in the starting lineup for the first time as a Chief. Mahomes, the heir apparent at quarterback, will have a chance to show off an arm that the Chiefs paid heavily for in April’s NFL draft. Kansas City traded away this year’s first and third round picks in addition to next year’s first round choice, for a chance to move up and draft Mahomes out of Texas Tech. He will have to do a lot to impress fans who have watched Alex Smith guide the team to 50 wins over the past five seasons.