It is hard to believe that we are already eight weeks through the NFL season. Time tends to find ways of eluding us, and the 2013 NFL season is no exception. I feel like I just drafted my fantasy team a few weeks ago, but that is neither here nor there. The AFC West has emerged as arguably the best division in all of football. The Chiefs are the lone remaining undefeated team, the Broncos offense is on pace to shatter many records and the Chargers appear to be a legitimate playoff contender. Even the Terrelle Pryor-led Raiders are 3-4 and seem to be competing in most weeks. Going from top to bottom, here is a quick glance at the four contenders in the AFC West at the midpoint of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)
Can you believe it? The 2013 Chiefs have already won six more games than the 2012 Chiefs and we are only halfway through the season. The two most important ingredients in the recipe for NFL success are a franchise’s head coach and quarterback. The Chiefs made major changes in both areas and are reaping the benefits. Alex Smith has always been an underrated passer, and his superb decision-making is exactly what the doctor ordered in Kansas City. Andy Reid’s track record in Philadelphia speaks for itself. This defense is stacked with athletes, and leads the NFL in sacks (36), points allowed per game (12.3), and turnover differential (+12). The home-field advantage of Arrowhead Stadium is rivaled by that of only the 12th man in Seattle, and the Chiefs will look to continue to compile wins to try to secure home games throughout the in the playoffs. The Chiefs head to upstate New York to face the Bills (3-5) in Week 9 and will have two huge, potentially division deciding battles with the Broncos in the second half.