After Week 3 of the NFL season, what do the standings look like in the AFC and AFC West? Where do the KC Chiefs stack up in the conference and division?
The NFL season has now completed three weeks of its regular season and the playoff picture is still a little messy. There will still be a lot of changes in the final 14 weeks but the high majority of teams in the AFC are still in contention for a playoff spot.
Week 3 featured seven games involving two AFC teams, including two games between divisional foes, while two members of the AFC squared off against teams from the NFC. Three teams had an opportunity to go to 3-0, and build some wiggle room in their divisional race, while several teams desperately needed wins to help save their playoff dreams.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs squared up against the disappointing Indianapolis Colts, the Las Vegas Raiders visited the Tennessee Titans in a battle of 0-2 teams, the Los Angeles Chargers hosted the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Denver Broncos saw the San Francisco 49ers, now being led by Jimmy Garappolo, come to town.
Here is how the AFC West standings look after Week 3:
The Chiefs were upset by the Colts in a meltdown of epic proportions. The Raiders couldn’t complete the comeback against the Titans. With a hobbled Justin Herber, the Chargers got embarrassed by the Jaguars. The Broncos pulled off a win against the 49ers, although they only scored 11 points.
According to FiveThirtyEight (QB Adjusted), prior to Week 3, the Chiefs were the clear favorites to win the AFC West with a 62% chance to win the division. The Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Las Vegas Raiders followed at 21%, 14%, and 3%, respectively. After Sunday, the Chiefs are still the favorites at 57%, followed by the Broncos at 27%, the Chargers at 12%, and finally the Raiders at 4%.
The Chiefs are still the obvious favorites to win the AFC West, but they’re currently tied with the Broncos, with the Chargers one game behind. If Kansas City wants to seven-peat as division champions, they’re going to have to get it together on offense as well as special teams.