AFC West standings, Week 8: Chargers hot, race tightens

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Jared Cook
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Jared Cook /
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Things are starting to get interesting in the AFC West. The Kansas City Chiefs have lost two in a row, the Los Angeles Chargers have won three straight.

Just when everybody thought that the Kansas City Chiefs were going to run away with the AFC West crown, things have certainly tightened in the divisional race. Through seven weeks, only two games separate first to last in the AFC west race.

The Oakland Raiders got the week off on the right foot with an exhilarating 31-30 win over Kansas City on Thursday Night Football. That win saved the Raiders’ season and sent Kansas City on a two-game slide.

The Denver Broncos have looked absolutely horrible on offense the last two weeks. They have dropped two in a row, including a shutout on the road to the streaking Los Angeles Chargers. Who saw the Chargers being the hottest team in the division entering Week 8? Los Angeles has won three in a row after a horrible 0-4 start.

Here are the AFC West standings through the first seven weeks of the 2017 NFL season.

AFC West standings, through Week 7

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
  2. Denver Broncos (3-3)
  3. Los Angeles Chargers (3-4)
  4. Oakland Raiders (3-4)

We have an interesting slate of games ahead of us for the AFC West teams. Two teams will be playing in the early afternoon time slot on Sunday, while a pair of division rivals will square off on Monday Night Football this week.

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Oakland will travel to Western New York to take on the Buffalo Bills (4-2) at New Era Field in Orchard Park at 10:00 a.m. PT on Oct. 29. The weather looks to be dreadful, so expect a muddy mess of a football game between these two AFC opponents.

Los Angeles has to travel east as well, as the Chargers will be taking on the New England Patriots in Foxborough at 10:00 a.m. PT on Oct. 29. New England is coming off a dominating win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football. However, Los Angeles might be the hottest team in the AFC at the moment.

Finally, the Broncos and Chiefs will meet at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 30 for Monday Night Football. It will be a nationally televised game on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. PT. Both teams have dropped two games in a row. The loser will have to feel absolutely horrible about the state of their team should they take the loss. Look for Kansas City to probably get the win.

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Overall, this is a rough Week 8 slate of games for all four AFC West teams. The only win this week might come on Monday Night Football. Kansas City will still be in first place at the end of the week, but the divisional race could tighten even more if the Chiefs fall and the Raiders and Chargers take care of business on the East Coast on Sunday afternoon.