It's week 16 – but in a strange way, one 11-3 team and one 9-5 team will be playing for basically nothing. If you don't believe me, a clever little site I frequent – playoffstatus.com – has the probability of each team's seeding based on record and remaining games. And yes – even with a 90% chance of staying in the same place, Kansas City seems bent on fighting Indy at home.
Like, you know, they should be. Anyway, the K.C. Star has some words on the matter.
The Chiefs finish the season with games against the Colts, 9-5, who have clinched the AFC South, and San Diego, 7-7, which is still mathematically alive for a wild card. Denver, 11-3, finishes with road games at Houston, 2-12, and Oakland, 4-10. The Colts still have a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye if they beat the Chiefs and Jacksonville, and Baltimore beats Detroit and Cincinnati. So, Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano isn’t looking beyond this week.
By 'Detroit', the writer means 'New England+Referees', but sadly … this makes us all huge Baltimore fans for the next two weeks. Does anyone else think it strange that, decades later, Indy's standing is entirely dependent on Baltimore? … or maybe that's just me, trying to create a story where there isn't one.