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Silver Minings: Chiefs move closer to AFC West title

A Kansas City win at Tampa Bay and a Raiders loss widened Chiefs’ division lead

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Late in Week 11, the Las Vegas Raiders were on the verge of climbing within one game of the AFC West lead.

Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. The Kansas City Chiefs are now on the cusp of winning their fifth straight AFC West division championship. The Chiefs won 27-24 at Tampa Bay on Sunday, and their record now stands at 10-1. The Raiders, who lost a close home game to the Chiefs in Week 11, suffered a 43-6 blowout defeat at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, to fall to 6-5.

So with a four-game division lead with only five games to play, the Chiefs can clinch the division crown as soon as next week. In total, they just need two more wins, or one win and one Raiders loss, or two Raiders losses to clinch the division.

Of course, the Raiders could still make the AFC playoffs and meet the Chiefs in the postseason, but they likely won’t be doing it as division champs.

In other Raiders links:

  • Same old Raiders? The Athletic wonders about it.
  • The aftermath: The Athletic looks at the Raiders’ ugly loss.
  • Many blowout losses: This is not a great Jon Gruden stat.
  • Vic Fangio is mad: The Denver Broncos’ coach is not pleased with his quarterbacks, who put the team in a terrible spot.
  • Same old Chargers: They had another ugly showing in a loss at Buffalo.