The Week 8 finale tonight features two division rivals on different, yet for the moment, similar paths. The Broncos (3-3) started out the 2017 campaign with hard-fought, AFC West wins over the Raiders and Chargers that paired nicely with a 25-point home victory against the Cowboys.
Coming into the season, Oakland was a popular to challenge New England for the AFC crown. Just six weeks into their 2017 schedule, the Raiders are now facing a must-win Thursday night game against the rival Chiefs. Lose this one, and Oakland will be lucky to challenge for a playoff spot.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL’s lone unbeaten team through five weeks and will play host to Pittsburgh for what will surely be the marquis game on Sunday afternoon. So why does it seem everyone is focused on the Steelers?
One week can make a big difference early in an NFL season. Seven days ago, the Steelers and Ravens looked like the class of the AFC North, as usual. Both were 2–0 and hadn’t even trailed in a game up until that point.
Much has changed since last season for the Chargers: They have new home in Los Angeles, a new coaching staff led by first-time head coach Anthony Lynn, and they have not (yet) been ravaged by injuries as they were in 2016.