While the Chiefs may have dropped the ball against the Raiders in the first half of the season, it hasn’t stopped them from opening up a commanding lead in the AFC West. As I write this, the Chiefs sit atop the division at 7-1 with the Raiders as the only other division team with a winning record at 4-3. The Chiefs having a two game lead in the loss column and a three game lead in the win column with the easier half of their schedule ahead. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of the AFC West.
The much more interesting race is the one for the lone playoff bye week that comes with the top overall seed in the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently sit in first place with a 7-0 record. The Chiefs are in sole possession of second place now as the only AFC team with just one loss. While the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts are all right on K.C.’s heels with only two loses each, it definitely feels like it’s Kansas City and Pittsburgh are battling for the number one spot.
The Ravens have now lost to both the Chiefs and Steelers, which puts them at a disadvantage. After hot starts, both the Bills and Titans have cooled off recently, and while they are viable playoff teams this year, it feels like they aren’t ready for contention for the top spot in the conference. The Colts may be a team to watch as they have gone 5-1 after losing their opener, but they still lack a statement win over a good team at this point.
Here’s how those top six teams look in the standings right now.
- Pittsburgh Steelers 7-0
- Kansas City Chiefs 7-1
- Buffalo Bills 6-2
- Baltimore Ravens 5-2
- Tennessee Titans 5-2
- Indianapolis Colts 5-2
Neither the Steelers nor the Chiefs have a brutal back half of their schedule, so I can see both teams putting some distance between them and the rest of the pack as the season wears on. The one possible exception is the Ravens, but they have some serious work to do now that they have to overcome head-to-head losses to both of the teams ahead of them.
Now that we’ve checked in on the standings let’s look at how K.C.’s numbers are shaping up this season, starting with the offense.