Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Despite their early success, the Chiefs are staying grounded. Literally. Kansas City out-rushed Buffalo, 274-137, en route to a 13-10 win in OT. The explosive Jamaal Charles led the way with 177 rushing yards while Thomas Jones chipped in 77.
While Kansas City's ground attack is ranked No. 1 in the NFL, its passing game is ranked dead last. The ground-and-pound technique has worked though the first half of the season, but more balance will be required if the Chiefs hope to win their first division title since 2003.
Todd Hailey's crew can step closer to the division crown this week as his Chiefs travel to Oakland to test the second-place Raiders and their No. 26 run defense.
Oakland Raiders (4-4)
Oakland pounded the Seattle Seahawks, 30-3, and has won its last two games by a combined score of 92-17. Jason Campbell continues his resurgent play and led the Raiders to more than 500 yards of total offense for the second straight week.
Even a couple of players recently thought to be busts, RB Darren McFadden and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, topped the 100-yard mark. Oakland's offensive weapons saw plenty of time on the field thanks to a defense that sacked Matt Hasselbeck five times.
Oakland's players and coaches are calling the Silver and Black Nation to the Black Hole for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs. If home-field advantage proves to be the trump card, the Raiders will move within a half-game of first place.
Denver Broncos (2-6)
Fleeing the country didn't do the Broncos much good. Denver converted just one third down in the first half and fell short against the San Francisco 49ers, 24-16.
There were some big plays -- Kyle Orton's 71-yard completion to Brandon Lloyd and Tim Tebow's second TD of the season -- but it was not enough to prevent the Broncos from losing a fourth consecutive game. Since starting the 2009 season 6-0, the Broncos have lost 14 of their last 18 games.
The Broncos will have to wait until after the bye to get back on track. They host the Chiefs in Week 10, the same week the Chargers are on bye, so Bolts Backers can spend their off week doing something they rarely do -- cheering for the Broncos.
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