AFC West playoff scenarios

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – While the Chiefs won’t openly admit it, there will likely be some scoreboard watching Sunday.

The Denver Broncos (11-3) and Chiefs (11-3) are tied atop the AFC West and have plenty to play for with playoff seeding implications on the line in the final two games of the regular season.

Denver currently owns the tiebreaker over the Chiefs based on the series sweep.

And the Broncos could clinch the division, a first-round bye or home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the following scenarios, as released by the NFL:

Denver clinches AFC West division and a first-round bye with:

DEN win + KC loss

Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

DEN win + KC loss + NE loss or tie

The Broncos travel to Houston to take on the Texans (2-12) in an early afternoon contest, the same time slot for the Chiefs, who host the Indianapolis Colts (9-5) at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs clinched a playoff berth in Week 15 and are currently locked in the No. 5 seed as the top wildcard team.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots (10-4) travel to Baltimore and play the Ravens (8-6) in the late afternoon.

Eight teams remain in contention for a Wild Card spot. Denver, Kansas City and Indianapolis have already clinched a playoff berth.

Here’s how the remaining teams in contention for the final Wild Card spot shapes out. Denver, Kansas City and Indianapolis have already clinched a playoff berth.

TEAM

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

STRENGTH OF WIN

SOS

Denver* **

11-3

7-3

.474

.505

New England**

10-4

7-3

.429

.474

Cincinnati**

9-5

7-4

.488

.487

Kansas City*

11-3

7-3

.331

.408

Baltimore

8-6

6-4

.415

.449

Miami

8-6

7-3

.491

.520

San Diego

7-7

4-6

.561

.495

Pittsburgh

6-8

5-6

.464

.487

* Denver and Kansas City has already clinched a playoff berth

** Denver, Cincinnati and New England lead their respective divisions

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