Through three weeks of action, the Kansas City Chiefs retain sole possession of the AFC West, boasting an undefeated record of 3-0. While they’ve come out the gates strong, there’s a lot of time left, and anything can happen going forward.
The Oakland Raiders won’t face the Chiefs until Week 7 when they host the division rival at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Thursday Night Football, but this week they’ll face another tough test in the Denver Broncos.
With both teams sitting at 2-1, the outcome of this game won’t make or break the season, but there’s always a little added incentive when playing a divisional battle.
Prior to the start of this week’s clash, let’s take a look around the AFC West.
Last season, the Broncos offensive line allowed 40 sacks, which ranked 24th in the NFL, while the Silver and Black ranked first with 18. Addressing issues on the line was a priority for the team this offseason, and they did so by adding former Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson, and using their first-round draft pick on former Utah Ute Garett Bolles.
So far, Bolles ranks 31st among all offensive tackles with a Pro Football Focus grade of 67.8, and a pass block grade of 67.8. Unfortunately for the rookie, he’ll be tasked with stopping one of the best edge defenders in the game in
Mack is currently ranked third among all PFF edge defenders with a grade of 90.1, also among the best in pass rush with a rating of 84.5. For Bolles, no matter how he prepares this week, he’ll surely have a difficult task in front of him.
As we all know, No. 52 has had impressive performances in the past against the Broncos, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs this week at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Kansas City Chiefs
As mentioned previously, the Chiefs have gotten out to a hot start, and a major reason for that has been the production of rookie running back Kareem Hunt. In each of his first three games, the former…