The Battle for the AFC West is between the Chiefs and the Chargers
At the beginning of October, it appeared the Chargers playoff hopes had ended. A two-point defeat to the
Eagles left the chargers 0-4, whilst elsewhere in the AFC West, the Chiefs were at the opposite end, sitting 4-0.
Whilst an on-field identity seemed to be missing, one was becoming visible on the stat sheet. After losing so many games in 2016 by one score, three of the Chargers games for the season had
been lost by a total of six points. Move forward to week 10 and the tides have turned. The Chargers have a chance at the playoffs, their first in four seasons and for the first time in eight have a chance at winning the AFC West.
Despite moving to 5-0, the Chiefs have gone on to lose 6-of-8 and are now just hanging on to the top spot, from once
looking like they could wrap up the Conference by Thanksgiving. The Chiefs collapse has coincided in a turn in fortunes for the Chargers. After being consistently on the wrong end of one-score games, the Chargers won two in a row (27-22 vs Giants, 17-16 vs Raiders) before a shutout of Denver turned some attention the Chargers way. Defeats though either
side of their week 9 bye left them 3-6 and still seeming some way to a playoff spot.
Chargers on the rise
Despite the early season setbacks and four wins in a row have seen the Chargers become one of the feared
teams in the AFC. Tied now at 7-6 the Chargers appear to be clicking on both sides of the ball
averaging 32.75 points for and just 13.25 against in past four weeks.
Saturday’s game in Kansas City looks to be the deciding point in the AFC West. Both teams close out
the season with their final two games with teams no greater than a .500 record so will expect to
close out 2-0. The Chiefs will hope that home field advantage sees them through to their second
straight AFC West title and third straight playoff season.
If the Chargers can leave Arrowhead with a victory they could become just the
second team since the AFL / NFL Merger to clinch a playoff berth, after which other team? The
1992 San Diego Chargers….
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