But even with their 4-2 record, the Raiders are the division's unknown. Everyone predicts the San Diego Chargers will take the title, but despite the fact they're in first place at the moment, I'm not sold on them just yet.
They've underachieved despite the fact they're 4-1. San Diego's record is misleading, as they've piled up four wins against weak opponents.
The Raiders have been up and down, but seem to be rising from the depths of mediocrity. However, they lost starting quarterback Jason Campbell, for the season on Sunday to a broken collarbone. Oakland will now rely on former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller.
However, the Raiders could also make a move to pry Carson Palmer away from the Cincinnati Bengals. And if I were them, I'd go all out to get him in a Raiders uniform.
In Denver, the Broncos have turned the rock over to Tim Tebow, which doesn't really do much for their immediate future. Tebow is still not an NFL-caliber quarterback. He'll have flashes of greatness this year, but for the most part he'll be average.
That leaves the Chiefs, who appear to be gaining steam in confidence and comfort on both sides of the ball and are fresh off their bye week. Kansas City's defense has played well for three straight games, and the offense has put it together two weeks in a row. That's the reason the Chiefs stand 2-3 on the season.
As long as quarterback Matt Cassel gets time to throw and Jonathan Baldwin can join the offense, the Chiefs will continue to score points and play well enough, in my opinion, to win as many as eight or nine games.
If not, they won't win but two or three more games the rest of the season.
On the flip side, Kansas City defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has done a terrific job of identifying of which players can make an impact. He's already juggled the starting lineup with players like rookie linebacker Justin Houston and defensive end Allen Bailey. He's rotated his veteran safeties, Jon McGraw and Sabby Piscitelli.
So it's clear that even though some players defensively are learning on the fly, they are at least learning how to play with one another. In fact, give this unit another three or four games and they're going to be ready for the murderous stretch that features the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in November and December.
But that's looking too far ahead. With games this Sunday at Oakland and a week later on Monday Night in Kansas City against the Chargers, the Chiefs can define what type of season they want to have going forward.
The next two weeks will determine a great many things as this team tries to recover from a disastrous 0-3 start. And I believe they can do just that.
The Chiefs are a team that at this point, not many people believe can comeback from the unfortunate events of the offseason, training camp and preseason. But now they have a chance to prove all the naysayers, including myself, wrong.
If this team can win the next two games, there's a chance that prior to their showdown with the Patriots, they could stand 6-3 and firmly in control of their own destiny.
And that will mean they're back in the AFC West race.
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