How Will They Finish?

At the halfway point of the season, the AFC West is truly a three-team dash to the finish. With a diverse schedule for the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers, this division could come to down to which team can score the most points late in games.

But that aside, let's take a look at the remaining eight games and see where these teams might finish. One thing is certain: the runner-up in this division is likely headed for a Wild Card spot.

Denver Broncos (6-2)
Week 10: @ Oakland – Denver has done the impossible in beating the Patriots and the Steelers on the road, so a Broncos win is likely, but if there is a trap game, this is it.
Broncos Record (7-2)

Week 11: vs. San Diego – This Sunday Night primetime game will serve as a true litmus test for the Broncos. Though Jake Plummer isn't a great big-game performer, they should defeat the Chargers.
Denver Record (8-2)

Week 12: @ Kansas City - It's November in Kansas City, and this Turkey Night showdown might determine the division runner-up. It could also determine a shift in power within the division. Denver loses.
Broncos Record (8-3)

Week 13: vs. Seattle - It's unfair how the schedule works out, but Seattle will be healthy for this game, meaning they have the advantage. They generally turn it on in the second half of the season, and they'll have all the parts of their high-powered offense in this game, playing with the playoffs on the line. Denver does not do well against efficient offensive teams who can both throw and run the ball. Another loss.
Broncos Record (8-4)

Week 14: @ San Diego - The Chargers generally hold serve at home against most AFC teams. This game won't slip out of their reach.
Broncos Record (8-5)

Week 15: @ Arizona - No point in writing much about this game. Plummer, with Jay Cutler breathing down his neck, will go back to Arizona and dominate.
Broncos Record (9-5)

Week 16: - vs. Cincinnati - The Bengals started out hot. If they can get back on track this game should determine if they are a legit playoff contender. It won't matter, because Denver isn't going to lose three times at home.
Broncos Record (10-5)

Week 17: vs. San Francisco The season was over long ago for the 49ers. Their players, coaches and staff will be heading for the hills when this game is over.
Broncos Final Record (11-5)


San Diego Chargers (6-2)
Week 10: @ Cincinnati - This is one of those games that makes head coaches cringe. The Chargers are coming off two patsy wins, and they'll go into Cincy facing a Bengals team with the season on line. It will be too much for them to handle.
Chargers Record (6-3)

Week #11: @ Denver - Denver will dominate this game because Marty Schottenheimer can't win on the road in the Mile High City. I don't think the Chargers can beat a winning football team on the road.
Chargers Record (6-4)

Week #12: vs. Oakland - The Raiders are a joke. It's too bad they won't do the rest of the division a favor.
Chargers Record (7-4)

Week #13: @ Buffalo - This is a game the Chargers should win. They have superior talent on both sides of the ball.
Chargers Record (8-4)

Week #14 vs. Denver - The Chargers settle into a nice groove as they play three out of their final four games at home. Count this as a sure win.
Chargers Record (9-4)

Week #15 vs. Kansas City - This is a no-brainer. Sorry Chiefs fans, but no team has dominated this series in recent years. Kansas City took that game at home on a late field goal by Lawrence Tynes, but the Chiefs don't have enough to defeat the Chargers in San Diego. Chargers Record (10-4)

Week #16 @ Seattle - The Seahawks have made their mark in the AFC West, and they should take care of business against San Diego.
Chargers Record (10-5)

Week #17 vs. Arizona - The schedule makers were kind to the Chargers. They'll walk all over the Cardinals for an easy, but important win.
Chargers Final Record (11-5)


Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)
Week #10 @ Miami - Forget the fact the Dolphins waltzed into Chicago with nothing to lose. They were handed a gift after the Bears turned the ball over six times. The Chiefs won't be that generous.
Chiefs Record (6-3)

Week #11 vs. Oakland - Don't let Oakland's recent two-game winning streak full you. They're still a bad team. Their defense is getting better each week, but that offense reminds me of a bunch of college kids who failed to make their high school team. Let's hope the Raiders implode and wide receiver Jerry Porter walks over to KC's sideline and tells Herm Edwards he wants to play for the Chiefs next season. Hey, Chester McGlockton did it!
Chiefs Record (7-3)

Week #12 vs. Denver - It's cold. It's in Kansas City. What else do I need to say about this game? The Chiefs owe the Broncos one after Kansas City almost upset them in Week 2. Ty Law won't forget the shove Broncos' wide receiver Jevon Walker gave him to set up the game winning field goal in overtime. Plus, it's the NFL Network's debut game, and this win will be a fine gift to Lamar Hunt. It was the Chiefs who used to play home games on Turkey Day before bowing out to Dallas.
Chiefs Record (8-3)

Week #13 @ Cleveland - The Browns have returned to their roots. They're a very bad football team, once again. Dwayne Rudd won't be throwing his helmet in this game, but even if he did the Chiefs would still win. This could be the game that sees Trent Green's return to the lineup.
Chiefs Record (9-3)

Week #14 vs. Baltimore - This game could be moved to primetime as part of NBC's Flex Schedule, and that would be a good thing for the Chiefs and their fans, who deserve a little love from the National TV folks. This game is huge for the Chiefs, who can't afford to lose on their turf. The Ravens are a good team, but Steve McNair is getting older by the week.
Chiefs Record (10-3)

Week #15 @ San Diego - Sorry Chiefs fans, but even the most optimistic of us can't expect the Chiefs to win this game.
Chiefs Record (10-4)

Week #16 @ Oakland - I know I said the Raiders stink, but something tells me that Santa might just give Raider Nation a gift for the Holidays. Still, my heart and my faith have to stay loyal with my namesake (St. Nick). Let's hope he sprinkles just enough good cheer for the good guys to beat the bad guys by a point – anything more would be greedy on Christmas Eve. Chiefs Record (11-4)

Week #17 vs. Jacksonville - When the schedule came out, this was the one game that excited me the most. The Jaguars played embarrassing football on offense a year ago while beating the little sisters of the NFL, and that little run prevented the Chiefs from making the playoffs. It's payback time!
Chiefs Final Record (12-4)

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