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AFC West Standings

November 7, 2011 by staff 

AFC West Standings, The Chiefs may eventually come to regret the day they lost a home game 31-3 to the previously winless Miami Dolphins.

But for now, the loss didn’t cost the Chiefs a share of first place in the AFC West standings.

For that, they can thank Sunday losses by the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

The three teams entered the day at 4-3 and tied for first place in the division. But the Raiders and Chargers, like the Chiefs, lost Sunday at home.

The Raiders were beaten 38-24 by Denver, while the Chargers fell to Green Bay 45-38.

What the division race lacks in great teams, it makes up for in competitiveness. The Chiefs, Raiders and Chargers are all 4-4, with the last-place Broncos just a game behind at 3-5.

Next week looms as a big one in the division race. On Thursday night, the Chargers and Raiders meet in San Diego, and the Chiefs and Broncos play one another Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Other than in the unlikely event of a tie on Thursday night, either Oakland or San Diego will move to 5-4. So the Chiefs can’t emerge from next week in sole possession of first place even by beating the Broncos.

With a loss, the Chiefs would still be tied for second place with two other teams at 4-5 and just a game behind the division leader.

Increasingly, it appears a 9-7 record will be all it takes to win the division. But are any of the teams capable of getting to nine wins?

The Chargers have lost three straight games; the Raiders two in a row. The Chiefs’four-game winning streak was snapped by the Dolphins.

But Kansas City faces a difficult stretch after next week’s game. In order, the Chiefs play the Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Jets and Packers. Each of those five opponents has a winning record at this point.

If the Chiefs emerge from that stretch still in the hunt for a division championship, they finish with a home game against the Raiders and a road game against Denver.

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