The AFC West this year has been porous once again, but at least this season there has been a major overhaul in the standings. Who would have really thought that the Chiefs would be this good or the Broncos would be this bad?
The Raiders actually have a team, and it looks like Tom Cable might even keep his job through the end of the season and work his way onto the Al Davis please-keep-me list. Then you have a team that doesn’t seem to really start playing football until November. Then they decide to carve everyone up like a Thanksgiving turkey for the third straight year, albeit without LaDainian Tomlinson.
All in all, it’s been good to see this kind of alteration to the division, but a question I hear a lot is if the Chiefs can really win the division and outrun the shallow lead they possess over the Chargers.
Probably not, but I would pull for them, just because I hate watching Phillip Rivers think he is the best quarterback in the league week in and week out. Personally, from living in Denver, his feud with Jay Cutler over time got really old.
Back to the group in Kansas City, they have been worth watching this year; they look like they know what they are doing for the most part, except when they made the trip to Denver.
Matt Cassel is on a tear, tossing for 22 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Dwayne Bowe is making fantasy owners go crazy with his 13 touchdowns in the past seven games. Now I won’t go too stat crazy, because if that’s what you want, the Denver Broncos are the team that leads in several categories oddly enough, though they lack in the wins and losses department.
The good news is Kansas City has won four of their last six and they will get to prove their worth down the stretch. It’s probably even fair to say they control their own destiny, because they play everyone in the division again, plus St. Louis on the road and Tennessee at Arrowhead.
Once again we revert back to the problem and reason why the Bolts will again win the division and take home the west crown.
First, San Diego will play everyone in the division at home except for the Broncos, against whom they play their season finale, so by that point I have a hard time seeing why that game would matter, except for pride; I think they will be up by two games at that point.
They also host San Francisco in a Thursday night dual, and then hit the road to play the pathetic bundle of talent that calls itself the Cincinnati Bengals.
I just can’t see that KC can hang on that long; I like their chances down the stretch, but watching the Chargers dismantle Payton Manning in their own building and forcing the AFC MVP through week 12 into four interceptions, it’s hard to see it working out in the Chiefs’ favor.
I hope that miraculously Phillip Rivers decides to fall apart and his elite team stumbles, but history says otherwise with the chargers winning the west four straight times, second only to the Raiders, who did it from 1972 to 1976.
With only one game difference and five to play, the Chiefs will have to play like a team I watched in the late ’90s, crushing defense and potent offense, something I don’t think this team has yet to accommodate in 2010.