Chiefs, Jets or Steelers: Who do the Bengals want?

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Dec 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) runs for a touchdown after an interception against the Oakland Raiders as cornerback Marcus Peters (22) and free safety Eric Berry (29) celebrate during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyvon Branch (27) runs for a touchdown after an interception against the Oakland Raiders as cornerback Marcus Peters (22) and free safety Eric Berry (29) celebrate during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 10-5

Net points: 112

Away: 5-3

AFC: 9-2

Streak: 9W

The Chiefs currently look like one of the NFL’s best teams after starting the season 1-5. Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak is certainly impressive, but the best team that the Chiefs have beaten all season is either Buffalo or Oakland. The Chiefs beat the Steelers when Ben Roethlisberger was hurt and the Broncos in a game where Peyton Manning was benched, but neither of these teams were good at the time of the Chiefs’ victory.

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Regardless, Kansas City is hot. Its defense is solid and its offense is quietly efficient.

Alex Smith

has been great, passing for 18 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

Charcandrick West

and

Spencer Ware

have been great, providing the Chiefs with a steady running game. On defense,

Eric Berry

has been a great leader and a great player, providing 61 tackles and two picks in a

Comeback Player of the Year-worthy season

.

However, the Bengals would jump at an opportunity to face the Chiefs. Cincinnati won an early-season matchup 36-21, holding Kansas City to seven field goals. The Bengals’ defense locked down on the Chiefs’ offense–and that was before Jamaal Charles suffered a season-ending injury.

The Bengals’ offense scored in nearly every possession when the two teams matched up. While Marcus Peters has earned a Pro Bowl nod after accumulating eight interceptions this season, he’s not even one of the two best corners in this potential matchup (Adam Jones and Sean Smith are both better players). Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green torched Kansas City deep all game long, and Marvin Jones also has the same playmaking ability as his teammates. Even Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill were able to gash Kansas City on the ground in the two teams’ Week 4 matchup.

To top it off, the Chiefs have lost an NFL-record eight straight playoff games. The last time Kansas City was in the postseason, the Chiefs blew a 28-point lead to the Colts, losing what should’ve been an easy win at halftime. The Bengals would love to see the Chiefs next week.

Next: 2. New York Jets

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