5-2, 4-4, 3-5, and 2-6 are the records for the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos respectively. This is a division that was once thought to have one elite team- the Chargers- and a cast of poor teams such as the Raiders and Chiefs. However, San Diego sits at third while Kansas City and Oakland are at their respective slots at the top. Kansas City’s recent rise shows that Scott Pioli is easily the best GM in the NFL and will go in the Hall of Fame.
The division proves that the NFL had not evolved into a league of passing. The two last teams lead the division in passing. The Chargers have one of the best signal callers in the league, while Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton has accumulated big numbers as Josh McDaniels constantly look to the passing game.
On Sunday, the Raiders and Chiefs will square off in a rivalry that has finally found its luster again. Both teams have good running games. Darren McFadden has thrust himself as one of the better backs this year despite the talk of it being Michael Bush’s year in the offseason. Jamaal Charles has become one of the best running backs in the league, and Thomas Jones has broken the laws of football physics.
At the age of 32, TJ has still proven to be one of the better RBs in the league. Jones is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, even under a poor offensive line with the rush. Usually, an older running back that has received a lot of wear and tear in his career combined with a poor O-Line creates a catastrophe. This doesn’t apply with TJ. You could make a strong argument supporting a Hall of Fame run for Thomas Jones.
The Kansas City Chiefs also possess a strong defense that features the extremely underrated Tamba Hali. This outside linebacker already has 7 sacks in just as many games. You should pencil him in to your All-Pro team. This guy is one of the best players in the game. Derrick Johnson finally has some more support and is putting together a career year as a coverage player. DJ has 57 tackles, or 8.14 tackles per game.
Derrick Johnson has proven to be one of the best linebackers in the league and is as unsung as his teammate Hali. Did I mention that he also already has 7 passes defended in 7 games? That is a very good stat and shows just how good of a cover guy he has become. Did I mention that seven PDs is his career high? You could say this could be a career year as he is on pace for 130 tackles.
Brandon Flowers is another unsung player. Even though he is under 6 feet tall, he is still one of the best corners in this league. Don’t write him off in the top 5 list of cornerbacks in the league. Rookie Eric Berry- as well as fellow rookie safety Earl Thomas- has been everything I thought he would be and all the people for him thought he would. Berry is on pace for 94 tackles, 4 picks, and nine passes defended. Not bad for a rookie safety.