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Kansas City Chiefs: This Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks calls signals out at the line of scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs during their preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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John BartramCorrespondent IINovember 26, 2010

The Chiefs travel to Seattle this Sunday.  The following Sunday they'll make a brief stop back at Arrowhead to even a score with the Broncos.

Then, it's back on the road.  First, they head to division rival San Diego and then to a much improved Saint Louis team.

The Chiefs will know they have made it to the top of the NFL's elite group when they can win on the road as well as they can at home.  So far, they are no where near close.

The Patriots have four wins on the road, which include in Pittsburgh and San Diego.  The Jets have five, the Steelers four and so it goes. That's what separate these teams from the average or slightly above average.

Currently, the Chiefs would have almost no chance of winning in any of those teams stadiums.

Right now, they have to worry about winning in Seattle, that's all.  Coach Haley has them looking at one game at a time.  He does not care what other teams are doing, which is the right thing to do.

Then comes the challenge of winning in San Diego.  I do not believe this team is up to that task, especially with the way Phillip Rivers is playing.

Kansas City has not won a road game since September 19th, and that was a two point victory over the Browns.  They have to do much better than that.

In order to have any chance to win the AFC West, the Chiefs must win at least two of those three road games. 

If they can manage to win the Charger game, that may send them to the playoffs.  The other two games, which they will have a better chance to win, are not even conference games.

Both the Chiefs and Chargers are 1-2 in the division.   The Chiefs have three left, at San Diego and the Broncos and Raiders at Arrowhead.  That should get them to 3-3 in the division.

Obviously, the Chargers also have three divisional games left as well.  They have the Chiefs and Raiders at home, and Denver on the road.  They will have to slip up to lose one of those games.

The Chargers have a chance to win out, in which case they will win the division.  The Chiefs have a possibility to go 5-1 in their last six.  If the Chargers do the same, the Chiefs will win the division.  That means the Chiefs must win two of three on the road, and go undefeated at home.

I'm not discounting Oakland, I just believe they have a tough schedule ahead of them and will find themselves out of the picture.

So, what does this all mean?

The Chiefs must win their two road games, in Seattle and Saint Louis if they are to have a chance.

Winning in San Diego would almost guarantee them the division.  If, however, they slip up in either non-conference road games, they will likely be finished.

They must learn how to win on the road.  Starting with average teams will be a good start, then they can work their way up to great teams.

It starts, or ends this Sunday.



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