Stay up to date on all the happenings from around the AFC West right here at Sports Information Traders. The 2016 NFL Regular Season is a quarter of the way through and the AFC West is saying up to be one of the more interesting playoff races down the stretch by all indications.
After getting off to a very fast start to the season, the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos currently sit at 4-2, tied with the Oakland Raiders for first place in the division. The Broncos came out hot behind unproven quarterback Trevor Siemian to surprise a lot of people out of the gates as they started the season with a perfect 4-0, but have hit some unrelated football speed bumps along the way with coach Gary Kubiak missing last week’s game with health complications, a game which the Broncos were blown out by the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. They’ll get coach Kubiak back this week and will look to get back on track behind Siemian and a stellar running attack led by CJ Anderson.
The Raiders have been every bit as impressive as the Broncos, just in a different way. While the Broncos are dominating people with their world class defense, Oakland’s prime billing is its offense. Led by quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Oakland Raiders look to be a legit contender for the AFC West crown this season.
Currently sitting in 3rd place in the division with a record of 3-2, just one game out of first, the Kansas City Chiefs have been coming on strong of late, as they just destroyed the first place Oakland Raiders this last week. They’ve handled their business at home thus far, as evident by their 2-0 record at Arrowhead Stadium, but are 1-2 on the road and will need to show some consistency if they wish to make a run at the Broncos and Raiders for first place in the division.
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Sitting alone in last place are the San Diego Chargers. By far the best 2-4 team in the league, the Chargers have blown several very late big leads in the fourth quarter, dropping them to the cellar in the AFC West. They’re solid at home thus far with a 2-1 record on the year, but have struggled away as they’re still winless at 0-3 on the road. They blew a very late lead to the Chiefs at Arrowhead in Week 1, a tough divisional loss that could back to haunt them. They’re starting to build a reputation as a team that collapses late in the fourth quarter, but have all the talent to pour it on during the first three quarters.
As arguably one of the more exciting and competitive division races this year, the AFC West is shaping up for a very entertaining run down the stretch as we approach the second quarter of the 2016 NFL Regular Season.