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Led by former Vaquero Reid, Kansas City Chiefs on cusp of playoffs

A victory by Kansas City on Sunday would put it in postseason for first time since 2010.

December 11, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid has his Kansas Chiefs a victory away from qualifying to the postseason for the first time since 2010. (Courtesy of Steve Sanders/Kansas City Chiefs)
Former Glendale Community College football player Andy…

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REID, CHIEFS INCH CLOSER TO PLAYOFFS

A season after finishing with the worst record in the National Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs are on the cusp of advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

With first-year coach Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College football player, on board, Kansas City (10-3) can wrap up a postseason berth Sunday with a road victory or tie against the rival Oakland Raiders (4-9).

Kansas City, which finished 2-14 last season, could also qualify for the postseason if the Miami Dolphins lose or tie against the New England Patriots on Sunday or the Baltimore Ravens fall or tie against the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

The Chiefs, who are in second place in the American Football Conference’s West Division behind the Denver Broncos snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a convincing 45-10 victory against host Washington.

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“I think that there are ups and downs in the National Football League,” Reid told the Associated Press. “I think you need to learn how to handle them and you can't get too high for the highs and you can't get too low for the lows.

“When you go through a three-game skid, that's not easy in the National Football League against good teams. You have to trust yourself; you have to trust the guys around you that you're going to fix the problem and that you're going to come to work with a purpose and I thought the guys did that.”

Kansas City posted a 27-17 home win against Oakland on Oct. 6. However, the Chiefs have struggled recently against the Raiders in Oakland, losing two of their last three games.

BENGALS, JACKSON REMAIN IN FIRST

With three games left in the regular season, the Cincinnati Bengals remain atop the American Football Conference’s North Division. Entering Sunday night’s game against the host Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals are 9-4 and own a two-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bengals feature assistant coach Hue Jackson, a former quarterback at Glendale Community College. Jackson, who served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011, is Cincinnati’s running backs coach.

The Bengals have won three games in a row, including a 42-28 victory against the visiting Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Cincinnati rushed for 155 yards in 35 carries and received two rushing touchdowns from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to turn back the Colts.

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