Kansas City Chiefs football is finally back and the first week of the 2023 NFL season has concluded. The slate of games featured numerous upsets and blowouts.
The beauty of the first week is that all 32 teams are 0-0 and every team is in the playoff race, for the time being.
What do the AFC West standings and the AFC playoff standings look like after the first week of the NFL season and where do the KC Chiefs stack up?
Week 1 commenced with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night against the Detroit Lions. In the AFC, there were four inter-conference clashes and six intra-conference matches. There were also four AFC divisional showdowns, which could impact division races down the road.
What were the results of this past week's games and how do the AFC West and AFC standings shape up? Which AFC teams began their 2023 campaigns victorious and which need a win in Week 2 to avoid an 0-2 start?
AFC West Standings, Week 2
1. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)
2. Denver Broncos (0-1)
3. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)
In the opening game, the Kansas City Chiefs lost a heartbreaker to the Detroit Lions. The Las Vegas Raiders beat the Denver Broncos in a battle of teams that aren't very good. The Los Angeles Chargers fell to the Dolphins after being lit up by Tyreek Hill.
Although the Chiefs lost their season opener, they're still the favorites in the AFC West. Neither the Raiders nor the Broncos will be a threat to the Chiefs in the divisional race. The Chargers also won't be a threat if their defense continues to get lit up.
According to TeamRankings.com, the Chiefs are still the favorites to win the division at 54.5%. They're followed by the Chargers at 24.5%, the Raiders at 12.3%, and the Broncos at 8.7%.