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Here's How Chiefs Can Clinch the AFC West Title in Week 16

Devon Platana
Here's a look at how the Kansas City Chiefs can clinch the AFC West title in Week 16.
Here's a look at how the Kansas City Chiefs can clinch the AFC West title in Week 16. / Harry How/GettyImages
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A 2-3 start to the 2021 NFL season left a lot of people wondering if the Kansas City Chiefs were beginning to decline. The Chiefs have since proven those doubters wrong, winning eight of their last nine games, and now have a chance to clinch the AFC West title in Week 16.

Here's exactly how the Chiefs can clinch the AFC West in their Week 16 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chiefs Clinch Playoffs

The Chiefs have two scenarios that would lead to their sixth divisional title in a row. The first is if they win and the Los Angeles Chargers either lose to or tie with the Houston Texans. Kansas City can also lock up the division even by tying the Steelers as long as the Chargers lose.

There's a possibility that neither scenario may happen this week. While the Chiefs are 7.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook to beat the Steelers, it'd take a major upset for the Texans to defeat or even tie the Chargers as 10-point underdogs.

Still, the Chiefs and Chargers are both dealing with their fair share of COVID-19 cases to key offensive players, so this could be the one week where something unpredictable happens.

As of Week 16, Kansas City is favored at -1900 odds to win the AFC West at some point this season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the Chargers sit second at +1200 odds.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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