CHICAGO -- If momentum counts for anything, the Kansas City Chiefs are in great shape for a playoff run.
The 11-4 Chiefs won their fifth straight game and played perhaps their most complete game in beating the Chicago Bears 26-3 on Sunday night.
The Chiefs held the Bears without a touchdown, giving the Chiefs their first run of consecutive games without allowing one since 2006 -- they beat the Denver Broncos 23-3 last week. The Chiefs haven’t allowed a touchdown since the third quarter of a Week 14 win over the New England Patriots.
That’s nothing new. The Chiefs have played standout defense through the winning streak. They’ve allowed 48 points in the five games, or fewer than 10 per game.
The Chiefs were more efficient offensively on Sunday night than they’ve been for some time. They scored on each of their three first-half possessions and came away with touchdowns on three of their four drives inside the Chicago 20. They kicked a field goal on the last one, with less than two minutes remaining and the Chiefs in kill-the-clock mode.
Red zone efficiency had recently been a problem for the Chiefs.
QB breakdown: Patrick Mahomes clearly won the quarterback battle over Mitchell Trubisky and that seemed to mean something to him. After throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce late in the first half, Mahomes counted to 10 with his fingers in apparent reference to the fact he was the 10th player selected in the 2017 draft. Trubisky was taken No. 2 that year. Mahomes was 23-of-33 for 251 yards and two touchdowns.
Plenty to play for: The Chiefs can’t be the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, as they were last season. But they would be the No. 2 seed and receive a first-round bye if they beat the Chargers next Sunday and the Patriots lose to the Dolphins. While a Patriots loss to the Dolphins seems far-fetched, it’s still worthwhile for the Chiefs to play hard against the Chargers. The difference between the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds is that vast.