The Kansas City Chiefs took care of business against the Denver Broncos Sunday, moving to 8-4 on the season.
The Chiefs received a little help in their quest to win the AFC West title as the Oakland Raiders went on the road and upset the San Diego Chargers. The Oakland win moves the Raiders to 6-6 and drops the Chargers to 6-6, giving the Chiefs a two game lead over squads with four games to play.
While the Chiefs game against the Chargers next week is still very important, it does give the Chiefs a bit more room for error. We’ll take a look at the and break down the race for the division after the jump.
Updated AFC West Standings
How does this impact the division race?
Basically the Chargers falling to six losses means that the Chiefs can lose to San Diego next week and still win the division if they win the rest of their games and finish 11-5. However if the Chiefs lose next week and the Chargers win the rest of their games, they would hold a tie breaker over the Chiefs, meaning KC would also have to win out.
The Raiders have a slightly more difficult path to the AFC West title. They go on the road next week to Jacksonville and then return home to take on the Broncos and Colts before finishing their season at Arrowhead Stadium in December.
The Chiefs aren’t out of the woods yet but they have a little bit more breathing room than they did when the day began and for not, that will do.