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The American Football Conference – Western Division or AFC West is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The division comprises the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers. (Source: en.wikipedia.org

The original AFL West had four members – the Dallas Texans (who moved to Kansas City in 1963 as the Chiefs), Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers (who moved to San Diego in 1961, then back to Los Angeles in 2017) and Oakland Raiders (who moved to Los Angeles in 1982, back to Oakland in 1995, and Las Vegas in 2020). These four teams have remained in the AFL/AFC West since its inception, and are currently the only teams in the division. Largely because of this, and the fact they have played each other twice a year for over half a century, the entire division is considered one very large and very heated rivalry. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)The division was formed in 1960 as the American Football League's Western Division. In 1970, as part of the new NFL's two-conference, six-division alignment, the AFL West entered the merged league more or less intact as the AFC West. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

The Cincinnati Bengals played the last two AFL seasons in the AFL West despite being further east than Houston, where the Houston Oilers played at the time and were members of the AFL Eastern Division. The Bengals (along with the Oilers) moved to the AFC Central (now the AFC North) in 1970, instantly forming rivalries with the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Each of the four AFC West teams won a division title in the first four years of the realignment – Oakland in 2002, Kansas City in 2003, San Diego in 2004 and Denver in 2005. It is the only one of the eight NFL divisions to have all of its teams win titles in the first four seasons of the North-East-West-South format. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In 1977, the Seattle Seahawks were added to the AFC West after spending their expansion season in the NFC West; they would move back to the NFC West in 2002. The first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 played as a member of the AFC West (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

due partially to the home-field advantages of Empower Field at Mile High, Arrowhead Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum, although in 2008 the division was the NFL's weakest since the AFC Central in 1985 by sending the San Diego Chargers to the playoffs as division winners with an 8–8 record while the New England Patriots missed out at 11–5 after losing out on tiebreakers for both the AFC East and the wild-card. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The division was very weak in 2011 as well, when a loss by the Raiders in the last game of the season gave the Broncos the division title with only an 8–8 record. Only the NFC West in 2010, the NFC South in 2014, and the NFC East in 2020 have historically sent a worse division winner to the playoffs, when the Seahawks (themselves a former AFC West member) won that division with a 7–9 record, the Panthers won the NFC South division with a 7–8–1 record, (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The table below reflects division titles and playoff appearances from former members of the AFL/AFC West while still in the division. (Source: en.wikipedia.org and the Washington Football Team won the NFC East division with a 7–9 record. Along with the AFC (formerly AFL) East, the AFC West is the oldest NFL division in terms of creation date (1960). (Source:en.wikipedia.org e2002: The AFC West was realigned for 4 members. The Seattle Seahawks left to join the NFC West. (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

site: media | arena: nfl | pageType: stories | section: | slug: how-each-team-can-win-the-afc-west-chiefs-cant-afford-more-missteps-chargers-must-get-hot-asap-and-more | sport: football | route: article_single.us | 6-keys: media/spln/nfl/reg/free/stories (Source: www.cbssports.com Usually, by now, the Kansas City Chiefs would've already established themselves as the cream of the AFC West crop, and the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos would all be simply scrapping over who lands the No. 2 seat in the division. It's been a wild-and-crazy 2021 season, though, and that's seen Patrick Mahomes play uncharacteristic football before seemingly finding more of his mojo as of late, and that's given all of his division rivals a very real shot at dethroning him. (Source:www.cbssports.com))

There are currently no teams in the AFC West under the .500 mark, and none more than two games over it, setting the stage for an electric finish in what is usually a predictable division. The only question now is, with the Chiefs having strung together wins over the past three weeks and the Raiders unable to stop them from reacquiring the top spot at the moment, who shall be the team worthy enough to take down the usually almighty Mahomes? (Source: www.cbssports.com This iteration of the Chiefs isn't accustomed to the level of adversity faced at the start of this season -- losing two of their first three games and three of their first five. Many of their struggles have stemmed from former league MVP Patrick Mahomes racking up interceptions at an alarming rate, and while not all of them are accountable to him, most are. It appears they've righted the ship, however, and downing the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Week 10 to extend their current win streak puts them atop the division with no sharesies. That's where they'd like to stay, but the other three AFC West teams are still breathing down their neck. (Source:www.cbssports.com))

As the calendar speeds toward December, it's all up for grabs in the AFC West. (Source: www.cbssports.com)

This iteration of the Chiefs isn't accustomed to the level of adversity faced at the start of this season -- losing two of their first three games and three of their first five. Many of their struggles have stemmed from former league MVP Patrick Mahomes racking up interceptions at an alarming rate, and while not all of them are accountable to him, most are. It appears they've righted the ship, however, and downing the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Week 10 to extend their current win streak puts them atop the division with no sharesies. That's where they'd like to stay, but the other three AFC West teams are still breathing down their neck. (Source: www.cbssports.com)

Mahomes and the Chiefs can't afford many more missteps over the remainder of the season, but they'll get no relief schedule-wise, with a heavyweight fight heading their way in Week 11 by way of the Dallas Cowboys. They'll go into their bye week immediately after, but then they'll have to dance with not one, not two, but all three of their division rivals before Week 16. If they want to win the AFC West yet again, running the table over the next four games might just do the trick, or at least put them in position to clinch the division in one of their final three contests. Circle their Dec. 16 matchup with the Chargers, by the way, because that could very well decide who takes it all -- Mahomes and Co. having already lost to them once this season. (Source: www.cbssports.com)

Much like their other AFC West brethren -- albeit with more pressure applied -- it's now or never. (Source: www.cbssports.com Less than a month removed from being alone in last place of the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) have quickly climbed to the top of the standings with a 41-14 manhandling of the Las Vegas Raiders (5-4), who were tied with the Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) for first place. Kansas City’s stretch of four divisional games in six weeks started off as strong as could be imagined. (Source:www.arrowheadpride.com))

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes and returned to his usual form after a surprisingly shaky stretch this season, and the Kansas City Chiefs moved into first place in the AFC West with a 41-14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night. (Source: apnews.com The Raiders lost their third straight game, 32-13 to the Cincinnati Bengals, falling to 5-5 and further out of position in the AFC West behind the first-place Kansas City Chiefs. (Source:apnews.com))

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos still haven't found a way to rule the AFC West again but they can crown themselves kings of the NFC East with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (Source: apnews.com To compete in the AFC West, the Raiders must have both sides of the offense clicking — a diverse passing game, and power rushing game. (Source:apnews.com aThe Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in an unusual spot headed into their first meeting of the season against their fiercest AFC West rivals. (Source:pnews.com)))

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid wouldn't say Wednesday whether the reigning AFC champs were pursuing Odell Beckham Jr. (Source: apnews.com After two wins on the East Coast and four fourth-quarter comebacks, Brandon Staley isn't surprised the Los Angeles Chargers are 5-3 and tied atop the AFC West. (Source:apnews.com aThe defense has been much improved, Derek Carr has been more aggressive, and the Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West even after a 23-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. (Source:pnews.com)))

Herbert led the Chargers to wins in four of their first five games as well as to the lead in the AFC West. (Source: apnews.com)New York has played its best football over the last three weeks and won twice. That includes an impressive win over Carolina, a late loss to the Chiefs and a surprising 23-16 win Sunday over the Las Vegas Raiders, the co-leaders in the AFC West. (Source: apnews.com)

Coming off their bye week, the AFC West-leading Raiders (5-2) were stunned when wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fatal car crash early Tuesday morning that killed a woman and her dog. (Source: apnews.com Herbert led the Chargers to wins in four of their first five games as well as to the lead in the AFC West. (Source:apnews.com aNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are in catch-up mode while sitting at the bottom of the AFC West they've won the past five seasons. The Tennessee Titans have an opportunity to prove they're a team to be reckoned with in the AFC. (Source:pnews.com)))

Brandon Staley, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers are leading the AFC West while building an impressive early-season resume (Source: apnews.com The good news for Brandon Staley and the Los Angeles Chargers is they go into their bye week tied for the AFC West lead at 4-2. (Source:apnews.com))

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — You'd be hard pressed to find anyone a couple of weeks ago that didn't think Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were headed for their sixth consecutive AFC West championship this season. (Source: apnews.com Raiders at Chargers, 8:15 p.m. EDT. The AFC West is looking like the best division in football with the emergence of the Broncos and the undefeated Raiders, who are off to their first 3-0 start since 2002, the last season they reached the Super Bowl. (Source:apnews.com))

A few weeks ago, it seemed as if the sky was falling in regards to the Kansas City Chiefs' 2021 season. The team was struggling immensely, it was either at or below .500 and other AFC West teams had solid leads in the divisional standings. After Week 9, the landscape is on the verge of shifting. (Source: www.si.com Things haven't gone as planned for the Chiefs and despite that, they still have a good shot at taking the AFC West crown. (Source:www.si.com))

The Chiefs, coming off back-to-back wins, have yet to impress and earn the right to be considered contenders again. With that said, they are back above .500 after a win over the Green Bay Packers and at 5-4 on the year, they've placed themselves firmly in the AFC's playoff picture through nine games. Their current win streak, two games, is their longest of the year. (Source: www.si.com)

Things haven't gone swimmingly for the Chiefs this season. In fact, it's been quite the bumpy ride for the reigning conference champions. A combination of poor defense, subpar quarterback play, lackluster focus and a surplus of turnovers has doomed the team in different ways all year long. This doesn't yet resemble the 2019 nor 2020 units that won the AFC West and ended up representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. Mark Van Sickle of Arrowhead Report joined me on today's Roughing the Kicker podcast to talk about how although the Chiefs have a long way to go still, things are shaping up favorably with all things considered. (Source: www.si.com)

 

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