The Kansas City Chiefs won a nail biter 13-10 over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and held off the rest of the AFC West for another week.
The Chiefs moved to 5-2 but were only able to extend their lead over the Denver Broncos who lost to the San Francisco 49ers in England.
The Chargers and Raiders both won Sunday to keep pace with the Chiefs.
The standings and what is ahead after the jump.
AFC West Standings
Kansas City Chiefs 5-2
Oakland Raiders 4-4
San Diego Chargers 3-5
Denver Broncos 2-6
What It Means:
By falling to 2-6, the Broncos are all but eliminated from playoff contention. They would likely have to win out to have a shot at the division but with the way they are playing it is hard to imagine that happening. Their schedule is fairly friendly the rest of the way but the hole they find themselves in is just too deep. Their only purpose now is to try to play spoiler in the division race.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers got the win Sunday and kept their heads above water. Unfortunately for the reining division champs, their schedule is not as friendly as Denver’s. The Chargers go on the road to Houston next week, return home to take on the Broncos and then go back on the road to play the Colts in their next three games. It won’t be easy but the Chargers are simply too talented to rule out.
It may sound funny but the Raiders are the biggest threat to the Chiefs in the division. The two teams will meet next week in the most significant Chiefs/Raiders game in years.
At 5-2 the Chiefs have a chance to really distance themselves by taking down the Raiders on the road. A win puts the Chiefs at 6-2 and the Raiders at 4-5, however a loss means the Chiefs slip to 5-3 and the Raiders go to 5-4.
Big difference, huh?
Fortunately for the Chiefs, the Raiders have a much harder path the rest of the season. They still have road games against the Chargers and Steelers and home games against the Dolphins and Colts. They finish the season with a trip to Arrowhead Stadium.
What do you think Addicts? Is the division picture any clearer for you? How important do you think it is that the Chiefs take care of business in Oakland next Sunday?