The San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 35-14 on Monday Night Football cementing themselves back into the AFC West conversation. The Chargers move to 5-5 putting them into a second place tie with the Oakland Raiders. The 6-4 Kansas City Chiefs are holding steady in first place. The Denver Broncos are....well, the fans want Tim Tebow in there. So you know where their season is headed.
What Monday night's game did was turn the AFC West into a three-way race. The Chiefs, Raiders and Chargers can all legitimately claim a chance to win the division.
I wrote about the three biggest remaining games of the year in the division and none is shaping up to be bigger than the Chiefs' trip to San Diego on Dec. 12. Both the Chiefs and Chargers have demonstrated the ability to lose games we all thought they would win so this division is far from complete but I do believe Dec. 12 at San Diego will produce the AFC West winner. The Chiefs also host the Raiders on the season finale, should they make it that far.
The Chiefs control their own destiny with six games to go. They've got the easiest schedule of the three teams and play against each of the remaining AFC West teams.
Dec. 12 at Qualcomm Stadium looks to be pretty huge right about now.