We all knew that eventually the San Diego Chargers would be dethroned in the AFC West, but no one would have expected that the Chargers would be overtaken by the Kansas City Chiefs.
But after three weeks and after the Chiefs 31-10 thumping of San Francisco and the Chargers subsequent loss to the Seattle Seahawks 27-20, the Chiefs have a game and half lead on everybody in the division at 3-0. Everyone else is 1-2.
That includes winning the head to head match-up against the Chargers in Week 1.
We’ve seen a precedent in the AFC West before when Denver opened the season at 6-0 before deciding to concede to the Chargers. These blogs aren’t about foresight. They are about the moment and at this moment, the Chiefs are the best in the AFC West.
Getting Dirrty in the Big Easy: The much adieu about nothing game of the week, the Atlanta Falcons beat the defending champs AND division rival the New Orleans Saints 27-24 in overtime.
For the Falcons, it is a big win because it gives them an early NFC South lead. To me, the victory means absolutely nothing because both teams will finish one-two in the division and both will be in the playoffs.
Other scores from Week 3:
- Vikings 24, Lions 10: Adrian Peterson got loose, rushing for 160 yards and two touchdowns. But, it was only the Lions so the Vikings shouldn’t be too happy going into the bye week.
- Patriots 38, Bills 33: Should the Patriots be happy that they gave up 33 points to Buffalo? But, shout-outs to Bills’ rookie running back C.J. Spiller for getting his first two touchdowns of his NFL career (including a 95-yard kickoff return).
- Titans 29, Giants 10
- Steelers 38, Buccaneers 13: Quietly, Pittsburgh is establishing itself as the best team in the AFC.
- Bengals 20, Panthers 7: Welcome to the league Casey Clausen. This was one of what will be many losses for Carolina’s rookie quarterback.
- Ravens 24, Browns 17: Baltimore isn’t quite looking that great right now. But Anquan Bolden’s eight catch, 142 yards and three touchdowns showed the beast that he was brought in to be.
- Cowboys 27, Texans 13: Dallas goes into the bye week “relieved” to have a win.
- Rams 30, Redskins 16: I wonder at point during the flight home did Donovan McNabb wish he was back in Philly.
- Eagles 28, Jaguars 3: As one of Michael Vick’s biggest fans, I knew Jacksonville had no chance. But realistically, Vick has played “dogs.” (Too soon?) Washington’s defense is better than Detroit’s and Jacksonville’s on paper so let’s see if Vick is REALLY the early MVP front runner after next week’s game.
- Colts 27, Broncos 13
- Cardinals 24, Raiders 23: I’m actually slightly sadden by this one. Oakland’s kicker Sebastian Janikowski lost this one for the Raiders from a distance he SHOULD have made in a boot.
- Jets 31, Dolphins 23: Thank you Rex Ryan’s crew. You’re finally deciding to show up. NOW, you’re looking the team EVERYONE expects to play in the Super Bowl.
- Bears 20, Packers 17: So long for the mighty Green Bay Packers running away with the NFC North huh?