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Broncos have an opportunity to make up ground in the AFC West race

Sunday’s games didn’t pan out for the AFC West, but it did give the Denver Broncos a golden opportunity.

Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images

It turns out the Buffalo Bills may be a little better than everyone thought earlier this season when they beat the Denver Broncos, 26-16. For as rancid bad as Denver has played of late, it was somewhat comforting to see the Bills destroy Oakland on Sunday, 34-14, taking them to their 5th loss in their last 6 games.

The confidence the Raiders exuded after their back-to-back wins to start the season has evaporated into pointed fingers at their ineffective defense and matching prima dona running back. With the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and, of course, the Denver Broncos coming up in the next three weeks, what has been an ugly turn of the season could get substantially worse in short order.

After peeling off 3-straight wins, including an historic shutout against the Denver Broncos, the Los Angeles Chargers fell to the New England Patriots on Sunday, 13-21. It had to be a relief to go on the road to Foxboro where they likely had more fans in the stands than their ‘home’ in Los Angeles. It’s remarkable that, after an 0-4 start, they’re right in the mix of the AFC West. As Broncos fans learned last week, you just can’t write Philip Rivers and the Chargers off. When they’re on, they’re good. The problem is that they’re just not on that often... and when they are, none of their fans are around to see it.

Then there’s the Kansas City Chiefs. After winning 5-straight to start the season, they’ve suffered back-to-back losses going into Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. Folks, the Chiefs are mortal. The losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Raiders have shown that there are chinks in their armor.

Let’s be honest, this isn’t the first season the Chiefs have started strong only to fade down the stretch, especially under Andy Reid. When in Alex Smith’s career has he been able to sustain success? Beneath that facade of poise and control is the beating heart of the Alex Smith we all know and rely on. It’s up to the Denver Broncos defense to to coax that feller out.

It doesn’t help that Denver in playing a national game in Arrowhead. However, when we look at the calendar, it’s still October, and history will tell you that the Broncos have substantially more success on the road in Kansas City in October than in November. So hopefully the Chiefs all check the date before taking the field.

Folks, it looks like the AFC West has been collapsing in on itself and the Denver Broncos are in prime position to take it. Forget about the recent losses and lack of offense. All that matters is what happens under the lights on Monday night. What better way cast off the stank of the last two weeks than by beating the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs? Could the Denver Broncos pull within a 12 a game of them? I’ll always believe until they show me different. It’s time to shock the west.

AFC West Standings

Kansas City Chiefs 5-2 1-1
Denver Broncos 3-3 2-1
Los Angeles Chargers 3-5 2-2
Oakland Raiders 3-5 1-2


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