Kansas City is either going to be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If the Chiefs win the game, they will be 11-5 and will be the No. 3 seed. If the Chiefs lose and the Colts beat Tennessee; the Chiefs will be the No. 4 seed. The Chiefs will host New York, Baltimore or Pittsburgh in the first round on Jan. 8 or Jan. 9.
Here are the pros and cons of Kansas City playing to win Sunday against Oakland, securing the No. 3 seed.
Momentum: The Chiefs would love to finish 11-5, by knocking off a rival, finishing the home season 8-0 and rolling into the playoffs.
New England factor: If the Chiefs are No. 4, they will be poised to play at the top-seed Patriots in the divisional round. If the Chiefs are the No. 3 seed and they win in the first round, they’ll play at the No. 2 seed in the divisional round. That will be at either Pittsburgh or Baltimore. Plus, if things got crazy and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds both lost in the divisional round, the No. 3 seed would be next up on the pecking order to host a title game.
Injury: The Chiefs are pretty healthy right now and they’d love to go into the playoffs at full strength. You’d hate to see a key player get hurt just in the name of fighting for the No. 3 seed. A No. 2 seed and a first-round bye is one thing, but the difference between No. 3 and No. 4 isn’t overly great.
Rest: A little rest wouldn’t hurt anybody.
What do Kansas City fans think? Should the starters play or rest against Oakland on Sunday? Hit the comment section below with your thoughts.