This is an unexpected wrinkle for the Chiefs’ attempt to get a playoff bye.
The Chiefs are currently second in the AFC West behind Oakland and in the No. 5 spot in playoff seeding. But with a win at San Diego on Sunday and a Broncos victory at home over the Raiders, the Chiefs would win the AFC West and be the No. 2 seed.
With the No. 2 seed would come the coveted bye.
While Denver looked like a team that had given up in a Christmas Day beatdown at the hands of the Chiefs, the Broncos may have something to play for Sunday.
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ESPN reported that Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is expected to step down for his position.
This is from Adam Schefter’s story for ESPN:
This year has taken a toll on the 55-year-old Kubiak and his family. Kubiak left the team for a week in October and missed a Thursday night game in San Diego for what the team called a “complex migraine condition.” Back in 2013, when Kubiak was coaching the Houston Texans, he suffered a mini-stroke during a game and had to be rushed to the hospital.
It’s a sad turn of events for Kubiak. I hate to see someone who has to give up a job he loves because of health reasons.
But this could help the Chiefs. Perhaps the Broncos will be motivated to give Kubiak one more victory before he heads into retirement. After all, Kubiak won the Super Bowl with many of these players, and you’d hope they have fond feelings for him.
And Oakland won’t be at full strength. As you probably know, quarterback Derek Carr is injured.