Good news. The Kansas City Chiefs are back in first place.
The bad news, the San Diego Chargers don’t appear to be going anywhere.
With the Chiefs essentially in second place coming into the week, a loss by the Oakland Raiders put the Chiefs back in first place after the Chiefs blew out Arizona 31-13.
However, Chiefs fans found themselves in an unfamiliar position Monday night – rooting for the Denver Broncos to beat the Chargers, which would give the Chiefs a two-game lead over San Diego. And as I’ve said, San Diego is a bigger threat to the Chiefs than the Raiders for multiple reasons.
Kansas City Chiefs 31, Arizona Cardinals 13
Dwayne Bowe continues to put up huge numbers and the defense rebounded with a vengeance after being humiliated in Denver a week before.
Bowe and Matt Cassel continue to show progress each and every week. If the defense plays more like this past Sunday rather than the Sunday before, the Chiefs could be very tough to handle and open things up for the rushing attack of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles to again be one of the best in the league.
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Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Oakland Raiders 3
Only one thing of consequence happened in this game. Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour punched Ben Roethlisberger.
When you’re Oakland and that is your lone highlight, well, not a good way to come out of the bye week.
San Diego Chargers 35, Denver Broncos 14
Denver scoring first only made San Diego angry.
The Chargers reeled off 35 straight points – including four touchdown passes by Philip Rivers, who was again without his top weapon in Antonio Gates.
It was the third straight win for San Diego and got them to 5-5 after starting the year 2-5.
In short, the Broncos looked NOTHING like the team that jumped out to a 35-0 lead the week before against the Chiefs.
Essentially, what’s happened now is this. Chiefs are in first place, Raiders and Chargers are “essentially” tied for second, but I give the Raiders the edge for head-to-head tiebreaker, as well as record in division.
Though the Chargers are third, they’re still the team that worries me the most. Denver is the lone division road game they have left. That means Oakland and Kansas City both have to go to San Diego.
I still think San Diego is the most dangerous team in this division. Tonight and recent history proved that. But for right now, Chiefs are in first place. Enjoy it.
But that two-game lead would have been really nice.
Even when they’re not good, the Broncos find a way to mess things up for the Chiefs.