OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10: Kamerion Wimbley #96 and the rest of the Oakland Raiders celebrate after a replay review ruled that the Tyvon Branch fumble return was a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kamerion Wimbley
Congratulations are in order for Raider Nation and its beloved football organization. The Oakland Raiders moved into first place in the AFC West Sunday.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley even refused to shake Denver coach Josh McDaniels' hand after the game. Dude is not handling the loss of first place in the AFC West very well.
And yeah, if you want to split hairs about it, it is too sole possession of first place for the Oakland Raiders right now. Granted, both the Raiders and Chiefs are now 5-4.
But the first tie-breaker is the divisional record. The Raiders are pitching a perfect 3-0 record against the rest of the AFC West, the Chiefs are 1-2 against divisional opponents.
So if the 2010 season ended right this very second, the Raiders would be your AFC West champions for the first time since 2002.
Seven more games, Nation! The Raiders play the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at 10 a.m. PST.
Joe Kukura ius a freelance writer who will reluctantly admit that Oakland and Kansas City were not actually his preseason picks as the top two teams in the AFC West.