Things haven't come quite as easy this season as they did for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. While some of that can be attributed to injuries suffered by reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and Pro Bowl WR Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs are still is position to make the playoffs with a 7-4 record and a one-game lead in the AFC West.
With a Super Bowl run potentially in the future, the Chiefs will surely have to beat some stiff competition. With that in mind, here are three teams Kansas City least want to see in the 2019-20 NFL playoffs.
1. New England Patriots
Whenever discussing the AFC playoff picture, it's impossible not to mention the New England Patriots. Kansas City suffered a crushing loss to New England in last year's AFC Championship Game that was billed as an instant classic. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl, and sitting at 10-1 they're in line for a bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. With arguably the best defense in the NFL this season, the Patriots could be one of the few teams that has the ability to at least slow down the Chiefs' lethal offense. Plus, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick leading the way, we all know the Pats are simply a different beast in the playoffs.
2. Baltimore Ravens
The Chiefs are responsible for one of the Ravens' two losses this season, but Baltimore has won seven straight games and are in a near-dead heat with the Patriots for the Super Bowl favorite right now. Lamar Jackson has taken his game to another level, so much so that he's now the odds-on favorite to win the NFL MVP. Not to mention, Baltimore's defense has improved immensely of late, giving up 20 points or less in each of the team's last six games. If Jackson and the Ravens keep playing like this, they're a team to avoid in the playoffs.
3. Seattle Seahawks
Right behind Jackson in the MVP odds is Russell Wilson, who has carried Seattle to an impressive 9-2 record so far this season. While the Chiefs couldn't face Seattle unless both teams reach the Super Bowl, that is certainly a possibility. The Seahawks are 6-0 on the road this year, which proves to be a useful trait for a Super Bowl that is obviously played at a neutral site. Plus, the Seahawks have the advantage of experience as Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll have made two Super Bowls together, winning one in 2014.
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