Wild Wild AFC West

If it was Week 4 and I told you that the Chiefs are undefeated, the Broncos are 3-1, the Chargers are 0-4 and the Raiders are 2-2 and if we fast forward two months later, you wouldn't believe me now. The Broncos have now lost a franchise worst 8 games straight for the first time since 1967. Ever since the Chiefs 5 game win streak, they are now only 1 game above .500 because of losing 5 of their last 6. And 0-4 and 2-2 are completely foreign to the Raiders as Los Angeles because they have won 5 of their last 6 and both teams are only 1 game behind the division and the Wild Card. With that said, Here is my prediction as to who will win the AFC West.

Oakland Raiders

In the red corner, a Super Bowl champion who ripped a gold chain last year in Denver ready too fight him again, weighing in at 205 lbs out of Cleveland, Ohio, Aqib Talib. In the blue corner a man who has played for both Bay teams and was one touchdown away from a Super Bowl weighing in at 215 lbs, fighting out of Dallas, Texas, give a warm silver & black welcome to Michael Crabtree. LET"S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!! But seriously if the brawl between Talib and Crabtree didn't have the same intensity and fire as it does for any benches clearing brawl in baseball, then I don't know what is. Talib has yet to receive suspension from the league, but I would not be surprised if Crabtree gets suspended. And if it's until the rest of the season. bye, bye, AFC West,

Kansas City Chiefs

5-0 and possible Super Bowl Contenders going into the second quarter of the season, oh yeah!!! Lose 5 of your last 6 and are in danger of losing the AFC West, Oh no!!! But you want know the best part? All of these games could've been easily prevented from losing if the Chiefs blocked Rosas's field goal, if Derek Carr didn't throw that touchdown on 2 (yeah you heard me right 2) untimed downs, and if Alex Smith didn't throw that interceptions. Now is that a sign for the Patrick Mahomes show to start? No, the only reason Andy Reid doesn't want to go with Mahomes next week against the Jets is because he doesn't want to lose the value in Alex Smith. Why Kansas City started 5-0 was because of their red hot Super Bowl caliber offense. If they want to keep pace with the Chargers they have to get their offense revamped, otherwise, their place in the AFC West will soon fall in the trenches.


Los Angeles Chargers

What if I told that at 0-4, the Chargers would make the playoffs. Well, your first reaction to that would be to get the chargers back to San Diego. But what if I also told you that the last team to go 0-4 and make the postseason is the Chargers in 1992. Coincidence? Possibly. With the red hot offense of Phillip Rivers and the scary defense of Joey Bosa, these Chargers have won 5 of their last 6 including a 54-24 killing against the Bills. The last time the Chargers made the postseason was back in 2013 where they lost in the Divisional Round to the Broncos. Now if you think that this will be the same Charger team from years past, you may be wrong. The winner of the AFC West will ultimately get the 4 seed in the AFC even though their still fighting for a 6 seed spot. This means that if Los Angeles does get the 4 seed, for the first time since 2009 they would host a Wild Card game against the runner up in the AFC South, either Jacksonville or Tennessee. With that being said, the upcoming schedule denotes 3 of their last 5 at home with one of them being the season finale against Oakland. The only key to the postseason for the chargers is to win their final two divisional games, and you've got yourselves a home playoff game for the first time since 2009.

Let me just say this folks, if each of these teams is bound to win the AFC West I guarantee you that the quest for a divisional title will come down to the final week. If all three of these teams are tied at 9-6 going into Week 17, a win from Kansas City and a loss from Los Angeles would give the Chiefs back to back AFC West crowns. A win from Los Angeles and a Kansas City loss would result in the Chargers taking the #4 spot in the AFC. And if something magical happens, an Oakland win and Kansas City loss would give the Raiders their first AFC West title since 2002 (Guess who was their QB back then, CBS color commentator Rich Gannon!).

December isn't that warm, but it will be a tough one for this Wild AFC West. 

Martin Howe1 Comment