AFC playoff picture, Week 11: Chiefs looking to make move
The AFC playoff picture has already been altered by the first game of Week 11, with the Pittsburgh Steelers falling out of the top six seeds via a loss to the Cleveland Browns. Of course, only one thing will be remembered about that game in the years to come, and it won’t be the score. We digress.
Here’s how things look as we head into the weekend, with thoughts on what ou should be watching for below.
1. New England Patriots (8-1)
2. Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
3. Houston Texans (6-3)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
5. Buffalo Bills (6-3)
6. Oakland Raiders (5-4)
7. Indianapolis Colts (5-4)
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5)
9. Tennessee Titans (5-5)
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5)
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New England comes off its bye week to take on the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Patriots are attempting to avoid a second straight loss, one that could drop them in the playoff picture should the Ravens win. New England is a road favorite as it has been in every away contest thus far.
Speaking of Baltimore, the Ravens are playing host to the Texans in what could be the best game of the week. Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson square off for the first time with plenty on the line. Should Baltimore find a way to win at home, it’ll move two games ahead of Houston with the tiebreaker in hand. If the Texans earn the victory, they actually vault Baltimore.
Kansas City won’t play until Monday night when the Los Angeles Chargers technically host it in Mexico City. The Chiefs had hideous loss last Sunday to the Titans and are trying to bounce back. A loss here and the Raiders could hop over Kansas City in the AFC West standings. It seems impossible, but here we are.
Buffalo has a tricky game on South Beach against the Miami Dolphins. The Bills are trying to maintain their spot in the playoffs while the Dolphins have gone from joke to winners of two straight. In the first matchup between these two teams, Miami fought hard before a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception doomed it.
Finally, keep an eye on the Colts and Jaguars in Indianapolis this weekend. The Colts have lost two straight but could be getting back starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has been sidelined with a knee injury. Meanwhile, the Jaguars can jump over the Colts in the AFC South with a win, coming off their bye. They too have a quarterback change, with Nick Foles returning for the first time since breaking his clavicle in Week 1.