I'm going to be short, sweet and to the point here. My bold prediction for the week is that the Kansas City Chiefs gain a full game on everyone in the division in Week 8. Yes, that's right; I have every team in the AFC West losing except the Chiefs.
Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are big reasons for the Chiefs success thus far (158.3 yards per game between them), and they will be just as big a part going forward.
The Chiefs No. 1-rated running attack will run all over the Bills, and the Chiefs 24th-ranked pass defense is far better than the stat line shows. The Chiefs will roll over the Bills, so all that's left is the other division teams losing their games.
Here's how that will happen.
1. The 49ers have experience playing internationally.
2. The Broncos have been exposed as a one-trick pony, and with no running game, the 49ers defense will be able to beat Kyle Orton down to his socks.
How many games will the Chiefs win the West by?
The Chargers lead the league in turnovers with 18 of them, and they are going against a tough Tennessee Titans team this week. The Titans run the ball more effectively than 29 other NFL teams, and I look for them to run all over the Chargers.
Also, the Titans have force 18 turnovers of their own. I see no reason that the Titans wouldn't win this game.
Lastly, the Oakland Raiders have Seattle at home to play an overachieving Seahawks team. This is a team that no one gave a shot to this season, but the Seahawks' new head coach, Pete Carroll, really has this team playing good football.
Their defense has allowed only 107 points in six games, good for fifth in the league in points allowed per game. They are No. 2 against the run, which is the only thing offensively that the Raiders do well. This matchup heavily favors the home team Seahawks.
There you have it. The picks were quick and to the point, but thorough enough to make my point. The Chiefs already have a 1.5-game lead on the Raiders, and a 2.5-game lead on everyone else in the West.
If my calculations are correct, this week will give the Chiefs a commanding lead in the division, and with the other three teams still yet to play at least two of the three top teams in the AFC South, I don't see anybody catching the Chiefs this year.