Even with the Kansas City Chiefs sitting out this week, they still managed to fall further behind in the AFC West standings.
The first-place Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers were also on bye this week, but it was the fourth team in the division that left the Chiefs in the basement by themselves. Entering the weekend, the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders both had just one victory.
If the Raiders lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon in Oakland, the two division foes would have identical 1-5 records with 10 games left. But unfortunately for the Chiefs, Carson Palmer and the Raiders rallied from a 20-6 third quarter deficit to beat the equally hapless Jaguars 26-23 in overtime.
Being in last place alone or with the Raiders doesn’t change much for Romeo Crennel’s crew. If they don’t take care of their own business, it won’t matter what the rest of the division does because they will stay closer to the No. 1 pick in the draft than a playoff spot.
The Chiefs can kick start their turnaround this weekend by beating the Raiders at Arrowhead and bringing them down to the basement.