By Steven St. John
After five games and six weeks of the 2016 NFL season, the Chiefs have already experienced a rather wild rollercoaster ride of events. The crazy comeback against the Chargers, the embarrassing performance against the Steelers and the domination of the Raiders...and, we haven’t even made it to the halfway point of the season, yet. And, despite the ups and downs, the Chiefs appear to be right where they need to be as they enter a favorable stretch of games over the next month. Kansas City, Denver and Oakland all have two losses and San Diego, although competitive, is already saddled with four losses. So, for the optimists, the chances of the Chiefs winning the AFC West look promising.
Here are five reasons why you should be excited about the Chiefs chances to win the division.
Justin Houston is back on the practice field.
It’s ok to be cautiously optimistic about Houston’s return. For a long time, there was doubt and uncertainty surrounding Houston’s injury, but it seems like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. If Houston returns to the Chiefs defense anything close to 100%, the KC defense could become one of the NFL’s best despite the season ending injuries to Allen Bailey and Justin March-Lillard.
The Chiefs offensive line is finally getting healthy.
Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz are the bookends, but questions have surrounded the inexperienced interior of the line. Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Parker Ehinger are finally playing together and, hopefully, building chemistry which will pay huge dividends for the Chiefs as the season goes on.
With the return of Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have the best backfield in the NFL.
Spencer Ware is turning into a star and Charcandrick West has shown the ability to make plays when given the opportunity. Add Charles to the mix and the Chiefs running backs are deep and dangerous.
The Broncos look beatable.
After back-to-back losses to the Falcons and Chargers, Denver finally looks like they have some weaknesses and it’s more than just inexperience at quarterback. The run defense looks leaky and that could be huge if the Chiefs play the Broncos with the division on the line.
The upcoming schedule looks favorable for the Chiefs.
It’s time for the Chiefs to make their move and they have an excellent chance to do just that over the next five weeks. They play the Saints in KC, at Indy, Jacksonville, at Carolina and the Bucs at Arrowhead. The goal should be 4-1 over these five games. If they accomplish that, they’ll be in great position when they travel to Denver for Round 1 against the Broncos on November 27.
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