AFC West Outlook After Six Games

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Kansas City Chiefs (3-3)

ESPN preseason strength of schedule: 7

Oct 5, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands off the ball to running back Jamaal Charles (25) against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi

Remaining schedule: Rams, Jets, @Bills, Seahawks, @Raiders, Broncos, @Cardinals, Raiders, @Steelers, Chargers

Unlike the rest of the AFC West, the Chiefs have played most of their games on the road. This gives them the benefit of not having back-to-back road games at any point for the rest of the season. As a bonus, each of the games left against the Broncos and Chargers will be at Arrowhead.

The Chiefs are also coming off the hardest part of their schedule. The first six opponents they faced have a combined records of 24-16. Over the next five weeks, the Chiefs will play teams with a combined current record of 10-22.

That does include a game against the Seahawks, but they have looked a lot less imposing after losing to the Cowboys and Rams in consecutive weeks. It will also give Seattle a chance to see what the true loudest stadium in the NFL is like.

The back end of the schedule does feature key games against the Broncos, Cardinals, Steelers, and Chargers, and the Chiefs definitely have work to do. Primarily, making sure they are consistently more of the team we saw against the Patriots than the one we saw against the Titans. However, they have been getting better as the season goes on, and I see no reason why that trend can’t continue.

For a team that is sitting at .500, they are in about as good a situation as you could hope for.