We’re at the midseason point and the division looks already locked up. What was anyone’s division a few weeks ago is no longer. The Chiefs win over the Broncos on Monday night gave them a 6-2 record on the season. Every other division team has half as many wins and a losing record.
Just a week ago the Raiders were celebrating a huge, season-saving win over the Chiefs. Then a loss over the Bills on Sunday put them back at the bottom of the division with what appear to be slim hopes of reviving their once hopeful season.
The Chargers had won three in a row — including a win over the Raiders — before losing to the Patriots Sunday.
The Chiefs were the only AFC West team to win this weekend. And for the Broncos, it was their third straight loss. Their last win came against the Raiders in week four.
Essentially the Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders are all battling for second place now. Second place in the division doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t result in a wildcard berth in the playoffs.
Right now, there are three AFC teams with winning records who aren’t leading their division. One the Raiders just faced, another the Raiders face next week. The Bills (5-2), Dolphins (4-3), and Jaguars (4-3).