After Week 8 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 has now completed eight weeks of the regular season and there will still be a lot of changes to the playoff picture in the final nine weeks. Most teams are still in contention for a playoff spot, while several franchises might have kissed their playoff hopes goodbye.
Week 8 featured four games involving two AFC teams, with three being divisional games, while six members of the AFC lined up against NFC teams, and two teams had their bye week. Eight teams came into the week with a winning record, seven teams came in with losing records, and one team entered the week at exactly .500. What were the results of the games this week, and how did the standings change since last week?
Here is how the AFC West standings look after Week 8:
The Denver Broncos finally ended their losing streak after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in London and the Las Vegas Raiders got shut out in a demoralizing loss against New Orleans.
According to FiveThirtyEight (QB Adjusted), before Week 8, the Chiefs were the clear favorites to win the AFC West with an 87% chance to win the division. The Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Denver Broncos followed at 8%, 3%, and 1%, respectively. After Sunday, the Chiefs are still the heavy favorites at 89%, followed by the Chargers at 8%, the Broncos at 2%, and finally the Raiders at 1%.
Barring major injury problems and/or a collapse of epic proportions, the AFC West is the Chiefs’ division to lose this season like it has been for the past six seasons. The Chiefs now turn their focus to the Tennessee Titans, the Chargers will visit the Atlanta Falcons, the Raiders will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Denver Broncos have their bye.