In 2010, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was the premier back in the AFC West (with Oakland's Darren McFadden right on his heels), S.D. WR Vincent Jackson wasn't allowed to play until November and the Chiefs never trailed in the division race all season.
What a kooky year that was!
Now, a quarter through the 2011 season, things seem to be getting back to business-as-usual in the AFC West: The Chargers are in first, the Chiefs and Broncos are in the cellar fighting over scraps, and we don't know what to expect from the Raiders yet.
Vincent Jackson is fifth in receiving yards, Chargers QB Philip Rivers is fifth in passing yards and Darren McFadden is 77 yards in the lead over any other running back in the NFL. Here's a look at the matchups and pitfalls that lie in store for the soldiers of the AFC West this week.