Eight teams have clinched playoff berths and seven of those squads have something to play for Sunday. The eighth, Kansas City, will not improve or hurt its standing no matter what it does at San Diego. The Chiefs, in the same division as Denver, are a wild-card team and the No. 5 seed.
The remaining seven teams will be looked upon with the hungry, desperate eyes of gamblers seeking an edge. Everyone is interested in a team with something to play for, and whether it’s home-field advantage or a bye, Denver, New England, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Carolina can enhance their playoff positioning with a win. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.