The AFC West has been under fire as of late, due to their collective start to the NFL season.
As a whole, the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Las Vegas Raiders have a combined 17-19 record.
Of the AFC West teams, only the Chiefs and Chargers have winning records, which is a definite disappointment considering preseason expectations.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 17, 2022
As discussed by ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, this is a historically bad start given the expectations.
A Division In Disarray
The Chiefs are the only team in this division that is playing better than expected.
With Tyreek Hill being traded to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, the Chiefs were supposed to take a step back, at least in terms of their potential.
They have continued their dominance, and will likely win the division for the seventh straight season.
While the Chargers only have a 5-4 record, there is still some hope for them for the remainder of the season.
Their top two pass-catchers (Keenan Allen and Mike Williams) will be rejoining the team soon, and if quarterback Justin Herbert can live up to his potential, they may be able to string together some wins in the back half of the season.
Both the Broncos and Raiders were supposed to improve this season.
However, it’s evident by their combined 5-13 record, that whatever they tried to put together this season is not working.
The AFC West is looking closer to what the AFC East has historically been.
Let’s see if they can pull themselves out of this slump.