AFC West standings: Oakland Raiders creeping up on Kansas City Chiefs

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The Oakland Raiders didn’t even have to play a game this week to move even closer to the division lead, and the playoffs may no longer be a pipe dream.

Despite being on a bye, week six was a big victory for the Oakland Raiders as they have no inched even closer to the division lead

It started with the Chiefs who have now lost two homes game in a row after losing 31-24 to Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. It was very entertaining, but in the end, the Texans wore down the Chiefs dominating time of possession 39:12 to 20:12 and ran almost 40 more plays (83 to 47). Kansas City needs to try and slow down the game to help their defense because they can’t be on the field that long.

The Los Angeles Chargers continue their downward spiral as they lose at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were playing their fourth-string quarterback. They fell down 21-0 at halftime, and it was too little too late when they tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Chargers outgained the Steelers 348 to 256 but lost the turnover battle 3 to 1, including a fumble for a touchdown three minutes into the game. At 2-4, and still dealing with a ton of injuries, things are getting dicey for Anthony Lynn’s squad.

Perhaps the most boring game of the week took place in Denver as the Broncos beat the Tennessee Titans 16-0. Neither team had over 300 total yards, but the Broncos did enough to win. Denver was never as bad as their record indicated, and they will be a competitive team on most Sundays.

After this week of games here are the current standings in the AFC West:

The Raiders find themselves only one game behind the Chiefs in the division, and with how weak the AFC is, the playoffs are a realistic possibility.

They have some very tough games coming up on the road against the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans, so we’ll see if they’re ready to take the next step.

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