Analysis

What Chiefs Kingdom wants for Christmas

How last weeks opponent could turn into an ally on Christmas Day.

The Kansas City Chiefs will get very close to clinching the No. 1 seed with a New Orleans Saints win on Christmas.

A Saints win over the Minnesota Vikings could give the Chiefs an advantage, according to Matt Verderame. Even though it’s false that they clinch the bye, the most likely outcome would be the Chiefs getting the lone bye.

The NFL playoffs expanded this season from six to seven teams per conference. Now only the No. 1 seed will be awarded a bye week, which makes it even more valuable.

The last team to make a Super Bowl appearance that didn’t have a bye was the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, according to NBC Sports. The last seven seasons have been teams with byes come playoff time.

The potential bye for this team could be really beneficial, especially with recovering from injuries. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be out the rest of the regular season at least with a high-ankle sprain, according to Ian Rapoport.

With numerous offensive line injuries to both starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, several units could the extra time off. Chiefs Kingdom and those within the organization should be rooting and hopeful for a Saints victory.

However, the Chiefs are still preparing to control their own destiny. A win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday clinches the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

A one seed would greatly benefit the Chiefs chances at repeating, and that is what the entire Kingdom is hoping for this weekend.

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