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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan

Week 18 is here and the Kansas City Chiefs can claim the No. 1 seed and home-field. Who should Chiefs fans root for to help their chances?

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs greets fans following the 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on January 1, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

Sunday update: The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots, which means that the Bills, despite having the No. 2 seed, wouldn’t have to play in Kansas City if the two teams meet in the AFC Championship. The game would be played at a neutral site.

Saturday update: The Chiefs beat the Raiders on Saturday, clinching the top seed, which comes with a bye and home field advantage, but, if the Bills win on Sunday and end up facing the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, the game would be played in a neutral site.


The Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first game of Week 18. Although the Raiders have been eliminated from playoff contention, the matchup was flexed to a solo Saturday slot, with kickoff at Allegiant Stadium scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC.

The Chiefs are a nine-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. They are -435 on the moneyline while the Raiders are +350 underdogs. If they Chiefs win, they clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but they do not settle home-field for the AFC title game. Due to the cancellation of the Week 17 Bills-Bengals game, the AFC title game could end up on a neutral field based on the outcome of Chiefs-Raiders, Bills-Patriots, and Bengals-Ravens.

If you are a Chiefs fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their playoff seeding.

Bills vs. Patriots

The Bills can still claim the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage if they win and the Chiefs lose. While the Chiefs can clinch the No. 1 seed with just a win, they need help if they want to host every possible iteration of the 2023 AFC Championship Game.

If the Chiefs and Bills both win this weekend, a potential Chiefs-Bills AFC title game would be played at a neutral site. Additionally, if the Bills and Chiefs both lose and the Ravens win or tie, a Bills-Chiefs title game would be at a neutral site. Finally, if the Bills and Chiefs both lose and the Bengals win, a Chiefs-Bills or Chiefs-Bengals AFC title game would be at a neutral site.

The Bills are a 7.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Bills are -320 on the moneyline while the Patriots are +265.

Bengals vs. Ravens

If the Chiefs win, Bengals-Ravens has no impact on them. However, if the Chiefs lose, KC fans would be rooting for the Ravens in this game to remove one of the neutral field scenarios.

The Ravens are a nine-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Bengals are -410 on the moneyline while the Ravens are +330.