The Kansas City Chiefs entered the last month facing an impressive gauntlet of games and sitting under .500. While in the divisional basement at the time in the AFC West, the prevailing thought was that if they could come up with a couple of big wins before the bye week, they could position themselves for a potential playoff run given that the NFL has added an extra spot in recent years—along with the extra 17th regular-season game.
It turns out Andy Reid wanted a bit more security than that.
Instead of earning a couple of strategic wins, the Chiefs turned into a defensive juggernaut during the month of November and came away with a four-game win streak heading into their bye. That means the team will be healthy as ever, rested up for the stretch run, and in control of the AFC West—sitting at the No. 4 overall seed in terms of the present AFC playoff picture.
The KC Chiefs remain in control of the AFC West after Week 11.
There is, of course, a long way to go until the end of a long season and it’s amazing how much a month can change. The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills have switched places in the AFC East. The AFC North continues to be a competitive jumble in which anything can happen. The AFC South is becoming interesting as the Tennessee Titans look a bit less imposing without Derrick Henry and the Indianapolis Colts having caught fire.
It’s been a very compelling and unpredictable season so far in the AFC with the most grueling month ahead of us. Buckle your proverbial seatbelts.
Here’s an official look at the AFC WEST standings after Week 11.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 7-4
- L.A. Chargers – 6-4
- Las Vegas Raiders – 5-5
- Denver Broncos – 5-5
As for the rest of the AFC, here are the standings in the conference’s other divisions:
- New England Patriots – 7-4
- Buffalo Bills – 6-4
- Miami Dolphins – 4-7
- New York Jets – 2-8
- Baltimore Ravens – 7-3
- Cincinnati Bengals – 6-4
- Pittsburgh Steelers – 5-4-1
- Cleveland Browns – 6-5
- Tennessee Titans – 8-3
- Indianapolis Colts – 6-5
- Jacksonville Jaguars – 2-8
- Houston Texans – 2-8