First Impressions: Sizing Up the AFC West

If the first Sunday of the NFL season is any indication then the AFC West is going to be as wide open as ever. Right about now we’ve only seen half of the picture. Come this time tomorrow we’ll have a better idea once the Raiders destroy the Donkeys.

At first glance it would appear that either the Kansas City Chiefs are every bit the mirage we assumed or the Buffalo Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick are on the verge of becoming New York State’s best football team. KC was crushed by Buffalo 41-7…in Arrowhead. With all the empty seats in Chief Country it pretty much seems like the fans already knew the score before the season started.

Todd Haley’s laid back approach to camp might have taken some of the hunger out of his troops. Not a single element of Kansas City’s roster looked good today. Perhaps just a one game aberration, the Chiefs look ripe to fall back to the bottom of the AFC West.

Meanwhile down in San Diego the Chargers got off to their customary slow start falling behind 17-7 to the Minnesota Vikings.  Unlike previous seasons it didn’t take Norv Turner 8 weeks to get his team to try harder. Behind three TDs from Mike Tolbert the Chargers rallied to win 24-17.

Not exactly an impressive win as crybaby Philip Rivers had an uneven outing (don’t let the stats fool you).

Yeah, it’s just one Sunday but you can already see that there is no clear cut favorite in the AFC West. Today’s results make Monday Night’s clash one of considerable importance as divisional wins will be at a premium.

Topics: AFC West, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Mike Tolbert, Minnesota Vikings, Norv Turner, Oakland Raiders, Philip Rivers, Ryan Fitzpatrick, San Diego Chargers, Todd Haley

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  • JohnOglesby

    I would have to think that the Chiefs brass has to know by now that Matt Cassel is not the answer. Did anyone expect the Chargers to have a good showing on Week 1? When was the last time they started the season on a good note?What I’m hoping for – is that the Raiders Offensive Line is playing as well as they did during the pre-season. If they do, then the Raiders should do pretty well this year. If not, it’s going to be a long season.

  • JohnOglesby

    I would have to think that the Chiefs brass has to know by now that Matt Cassel is not the answer. Did anyone expect the Chargers to have a good showing on Week 1? When was the last time they started the season on a good note?What I’m hoping for – is that the Raiders Offensive Line is playing as well as they did during the pre-season. If they do, then the Raiders should do pretty well this year. If not, it’s going to be a long season.

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