NFL Playoff Picture: Chiefs Can Eliminate Chargers In AFC West Next Week

The Kansas City Chiefs can eliminate the San Diego Chargers from the NFL playoff picture next week when the two teams meet on the west coast. The Chiefs hold a two-game lead over the Chargers and Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. The Chiefs stand at 8-4 while the Chargers and Raiders are at 6-6.

A KC victory next week in San Diego would push the Chargers to 6-7 and the Chiefs to 9-4, which would put the Chiefs up three games with three to play. KC would clinch eliminate the Chargers because they would own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Chargers. The Chiefs also beat the Chargers in Week 1 on Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here's how the schedule breaks down for everyone:

Chiefs: at Chargers, at St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Raiders

Raiders: at Jaguars, Broncos, Colts and at Chiefs

Chargers: Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, at Cincinnati Bengals and at Denver Broncos.

Eliminating Oakland will be a little more difficult because they meet again on the final game of the regular season. So if Oakland can enter Week 17 down just one game, they'll have a shot to top the Chiefs. In that scenario, Oakland would win the division because they would hold the tiebreaker.

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