Jamaal CharlesThe 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs are heading to the playoffs. The 56-point destruction of the Oakland Raiders by Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith, clinched it for Andy Reid and the Chiefs.

Break out the awards for the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

Against Oakland, Charles scored 5 touchdowns, had 215 all-purpose yards and is a real contender for the NFL’s most valuable player. He has 18 total touchdowns the year.

If you live on the east or west coast and haven’t seen him play? It’s your loss.

Speaking of awards, Reid should win NFL Coach of the Year, hands down.

The Chiefs won the first nine games of the year with their defense, but right now the offense is scoring at will. The team is playing free and easy, and has bounced back from its three-game losing streak that involved dropping two to Peyton Manning and Denver.

Alex Smith had a perfect quarterback rating against Oakland, and passed for 5 touchdowns himself, thanks in part to Charles running after the catch. Smith has 9 touchdowns and one interception in the last three games.

The Chiefs play Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts this weekend at Arrowhead, in a game that very well may be a playoff matchup in Indy once the season ends. They follow that up with a final game in San Diego, looking to get revenge against a solid Charger team.

Right now the Chiefs appear to be a very dangerous team. It’s imperative for the team to end the season on a positive note.

It is also important that the defense gets Justin Houston back and tries to find a way to limit the big passing plays. Gambling on the interception is great when it works, but when it doesn’t the opposition is going in for six.

Denver, New England, and Cincinnati all lost last week. These three teams are all playoff bound and have shown vulnerability.

If Kansas City can continue to play team oriented football and believe in themselves, they have the ability to throw a red wrench into the predictable Tom Brady/Peyton Manning AFC playoffs mix.