Check out our players to watch as the KC Chiefs visit the Denver Broncos on Saturday

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The Chiefs visit Denver on Saturday hoping to end their regular season on a high note and enter the playoffs with some momentum.

And the Chiefs (11-5) should feel good about their chances in Week 18 against the Broncos (7-9), a team they’ve defeated 12 straight times.

There are major postseason implications at play here, specifically in the race for the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The playoff-bound Chiefs need to win and hope the Houston Texans (4-12) upset the Tennessee Titans (11-5) at noon on Sunday. In that case, the Chiefs would claim the top seed, homefield advantage until the Super Bowl and a first-round bye.

If the Chiefs win Saturday and the Titans win Sunday, or the Chiefs lose on Saturday, KC cannot earn the top seed.

Here are some players, besides the always-watchable Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, to keep an eye on Saturday.

Chiefs running back Darrel Williams

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire still on the mend from a shoulder injury, Williams projects to get the start for the second straight week. He’ll be motivated to close out the regular season on a high note. The fourth-year pro enters the regular-season finale with a career-high 541 yards rushing and an also career-best 422 yards receiving, leaving him just 37 yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard season in scrimmage yards.

Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown Jr.

Brown suffered a calf injury while warming up before last weekend’s game against the Bengals and didn’t play. He returned to practice in limited fashion on Tuesday before putting in a full practice Wednesday, so the prospects of him returning to the starting lineup are good. But the Chiefs will want a fully healthy Brown for the playoffs, so how he performs against the Broncos will be a sound barometer. If he suffers a setback during the game, the Chiefs might consider sliding left guard Joe Thuney to left tackle, as they did against the Bengals.

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock

The Broncos placed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) on injured reserve to close out the season, opening the door for Lock to prove why the Broncos need to keep the former Missouri Tiger and Lee’s Summit native around next season. Denver selected Lock in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but his career so far has been something short of stellar. The Broncos acquired Bridgewater in an offseason trade with the Caroline Panthers, and then he won the starting job that Lock once held. Through three seasons, Lock has 25 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.