Even before the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs kicked off their first of two scheduled matchups this season on Sunday Night Football, it was already a good week for both teams. In the afternoon slate of Week 10, the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos both faced lackluster teams from the NFC in games that should have given them one of the easier contests on their schedule.
Instead, both teams floundered and ended up losing ground in an ever-competitive AFC West.
With no team outside of the SNF matchup willing or able to claim their sixth win, the division became a wide open path for the Chiefs to walk through and move from worst to first in a single day.
Week 10 in the NFL turned the entire AFC West upside-down and the Chiefs are now on top.
With the team’s lopsided 41-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders in primetime, the Chiefs were able to make their move when it absolutely meant the most. While this season has not gone according to plan, no one can say they’re also not getting some lucky breaks at midseason, especially with how AFC powers and divisional foes have fallen in the last couple weeks.
At this point, even outside the West, no one in the entire conference looks like a juggernaut. The Tennessee Titans have 7 wins, but they’ve also lost their best player for the year in Derrick Henry and it’s hard to see their defense remaining that dominant for the rest of the year. The Buffalo Bills look mortal and must contend with a Patriots team that has now won four games in a row. The Baltimore Ravens shouldn’t scare anyone in spite of their record, and the standings speak for everyone else.
In short, every good team, Chiefs included, has a bad loss (or two). Every bad team has a solid win. Every Sunday feels rather unpredictable, which means things will likely go down to the wire in a longer-than-ever regular season at 17 games.
Here’s an official look at the AFC WEST standings after Week 10.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 6-4
- Las Vegas Raiders – 5-4
- L.A. Chargers – 5-4
- Denver Broncos – 5-5
As for the rest of the AFC, here are the standings in the conference’s other divisions:
- Buffalo Bills – 6-3
- New England Patriots – 6-4
- Miami Dolphins – 3-7
- New York Jets – 2-7
- Baltimore Ravens – 6-3
- Pittsburgh Steelers – 5-3-1
- Cincinnati Bengals – 5-4
- Cleveland Browns – 5-5
- Tennessee Titans – 7-2
- Indianapolis Colts – 5-5
- Jacksonville Jaguars – 2-7
- Houston Texans – 1-8