The Kansas City vs. Oakland game on Saturday suddenly has new meaning for two teams in the AFC West. Both Kansas City and Oakland have surprised NFL fans this season, leading the way for an AFC West division that was supposed to be controlled by the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos once again. San Diego is 3-5 in 2010 and Denver is now 2-6, showing that it might be time for a changing of the guard in the division. It’s still early in the season, but both Kansas City and Oakland are looking to win more games this year than their past two seasons combined.
Right now the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the best surprises in the NFL, posting a 5-2 record so far, and placing them within one win of having the best record in the AFC. They are showing a lot of fortitude on both offense and defense, and the young roster is really starting to put things together. The Chiefs lead the league in rushing yards per game (190), and the defense is really starting to gel in the secondary. They are winning the games that they are supposed to win, and now they get to prove that they belong at the top of the AFC West with a game against the Oakland Raiders.
These Oakland Raiders are equally exciting to watch in 2010, putting a great rushing attack on the field as well. Last week Oakland crushed the Seattle Seahawks (33-3), and in doing so moved up to 4-4 this season. They will have to get to at least 10 wins if they want to make it into the NFL Playoffs as a wild card team, but they too get some weaker teams ahead on the schedule. Oakland has quite a few divisional games that could put them in contention for a division title as well, playing Kansas City this weekend and then in the final game of the regular season on January 2. Now is the time for them to strike if they want a serious shot at the playoffs.
The Kansas City vs. Oakland game is set for a 1:15 p.m. PT kickoff, and the Oakland Coliseum is going to be rocking on Sunday. Oakland has a chance to get a leg up in the tie-breakers if they can beat Kansas City, while the Chiefs are looking to really distance themselves from the rest of the division with another win. Football is exciting again for the fans of both teams, and it is going to be very interesting if the young rosters can end up holding off the veterans of the San Diego Chargers for the entire season. San Diego is going to win some football games, so it will be very important for Oakland and Kansas City to continue winning now.