Denver, CO. I not really sure who is worse right now, the Oakland Raiders or the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams have looked absolutely brutal through two weeks of the regular season, as both organizations have to be shell-shocked as to what has happened. The Raiders are 0-2, and have been outscored 57-27. The Chiefs are also 0-2, and have been outscored 75-41. These are two teams who had high hopes heading into 2012, but at this point, have to be wondering how to even be competitive going forward. In each of the first two weeks, both teams have made massive mistakes and both have had many moments of looking extremely undisciplined. It is just two weeks of regular season action, but the road does not get any easier for either squad. Oakland now has to face Pittsburgh, and Kansas City has matchup with an angry New Orleans team next week. It could get even more out of hand for both the Raiders and Chiefs before the calendar hits October.
On the other side of things in the AFC West, the San Diego Chargers have taken care of business and have to be quite happy at 2-0. They look good, as the defense has shown some nice play-making ability while also pressuring the opposing QB. Before everyone gets too excited though, they have defeated a couple of teams in Oakland and Tennessee who are struggling mightily on both sides of the ball. A bigger test for the Chargers will come in week 3, as they face the powerful and dangerous Falcons. With the Denver Broncos, after tonight they will either be 1-1 or 2-0, and have the look of a team who will absolutely contend for the division crown all season long. At this point, the “eye test” has to say that unless the Chiefs and Raiders make a huge turnaround and do it quickly, the AFC West may be a two team race sooner rather than later.
The NFL is full of critics and fans who overreact to results and happenings in the league from week to week. When a team loses, often time panic sets in and they are quickly dropped in people’s minds from championship contention. On the other hand, when a team wins, they are instantly catapulted by many of their fans to being dominant and winning all of their remaining games. We are only two weeks into the season, and a lot can and will happen to determine who the class of the AFC West will be. But at this point, the Chargers and Broncos seem to be better in all facets of the game. For the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs though, they had better figure out what the problems are, as 2012 could end before it ever got started.
Denver Sports by J Simp