The Kansas City Chiefs' Week 16 loss eliminated them from any chance at heading to the playoffs in 2011. However, that doesn't mean they can't ruin somebody else's fun in Week 17. The Chiefs go on the road to take on AFC West division foes the Denver Broncos, and with a little help from Oakland, they can eliminate them from the playoffs.
The Chiefs have a better winning percentage against the Broncos than they do against any other team in the league, except for the Raiders. They lead the series 55-48 but have lost four of the last six to Denver. The Chiefs are coming off an overtime loss at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos are also coming off a loss, their second in a row. They were beaten badly by the Bills in Buffalo.
The Chiefs have the 25th-ranked offense in the NFL and they score the second least amount of points per game in the league. Their defense is ranked 15th in the NFL but with the 22nd-ranked run defense, they may have trouble with Denver's top-ranked rushing offense. Denver, in the meantime, has the league's 22nd-ranked defense and even though they do have the best rushing offense in the league, they have the NFL 23rd-ranked offense overall, mainly due to the fact that they have the second worst passing attack.
Still the biggest story line in this game is the fact that Tim Tebow is going to be fighting for a playoff berth against the quarterback that he replaced in Denver, Kyle Orton, who is now the starting quarterback in Kansas City due to Matt Cassel's season-ending injury. The NFL couldn't be happier with the soap opera-like story that they're sure to get out of this one.