So far the Chiefs have played a brutal schedule, matching up against the Bengals, Vikings, Steelers, Packers and twice against the Broncos. Their opponents over the first nine games have a total of 51 wins, for an average of 5.6 wins, which is the best in the NFL so far this year.
Despite struggling, and losing five games in a row earlier in the season, the Chiefs have won their last 3, and are sitting at 4-5 just 3 games behind the Broncos who have played the league’s 27th easiest schedule. Denver’s opponents so far have only won 35 games which averages out to 3.8 wins over the first 9 games.
The Chiefs who just beat the Broncos in their head to head matchup last week, have received a spark from running back Charcandrick West, who has averaged 137 yards a game from scrimmage, and has 4 total TDs since stepping in for Jamaal Charles, and their defense which has only allowed an average of 14 points a game over the last five, are now headed for a reversal of fortunes to end the season.
Their next seven opponents have won a total of 21 games, with their toughest matchup coming at home against the Buffalo Bills who are also 4-5.
On the other hand, the Broncos, who are without struggling quarterback, Peyton Manning, at least for the time being, and whose defense has succumb to injuries and has started to slowly fall apart, are now headed for a much tougher schedule. Their opponents over the next 7 games who included the Patriots, Bengals, and Steelers, have a total of 35 wins.
There is still a lot of season left. So it may still be too early to get overly excited if you are a Chiefs fan, but the winds definitely seem to be blowing in a different direction in the AFC West.