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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Rolling Chiefs have Oakland on brink

By Bill Williamson

OAKLAND –- Unless the Kansas City Chiefs collapse in the second half, the Chiefs will eliminate the Oakland Raiders before they play on Sunday.

The Chiefs are rolling, 31-7, against visiting Tennessee early in the third quarter. A Kansas City victory would make it 10-5 and eliminate the 7-7 Raiders, who host the Colts on Sunday. Interestingly, the big screen in Oakland was displaying updates of every game in the NFL except one … the game in Kansas City.

If San Diego loses on Sunday afternoon at Cincinnati and the Chiefs hold on to win, the Chiefs will win their first AFC West title in seven years. If the Chargers win, Kansas City would be able to win the AFC West with a win against the visiting Raiders next week or with a San Diego loss. The Chargers would need to win at Denver and see Oakland beat the Chiefs to win their fifth AFC West title in a row if the Titans don’t come back.

Meanwhile, here’s a little Kansas City housecleaning: The Chiefs promoted return man Quinten Lawrence from the practice squad and cut cornerback Mike Richardson.