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Kansas City Chiefs remain in control of the AFC West

The Denver Broncos failed to capitalize on the Kansas City Chiefs first loss in Week 6.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Six weeks in and it’s time to start looking at the AFC West playoff picture. The Denver Broncos squandered a golden opportunity to close the gap on the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, they choked away the opportunity and gave their rival a huge advantage heading into the middle part of the regular season.

AFC West Standings

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

The bottom part o this schedule could change very rapidly if the Broncos continue playing offense like they have over the last three weeks as they begin a brutal three game road schedule.

The Chargers will have a chance to avenge their Week 1 loss to the Broncos next week, then Denver travels to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. It doesn’t get any easier from there either as they face the Philadelphia Eagles on the road and then head back home for a prime time matchup against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

That is as brutal a four-game stretch as it could get. Even if they finish the run 2-2, the Broncos would be 5-4 and on the outside of the playoff hunt.