Chiefs looking for rare standings logjam

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
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The Kansas City Chiefs have a chance to make some NFL history on Monday night.

The Oakland Raiders are rooting for them. For the record, the San Diego Chargers are not.

If the Chiefs beat visiting San Diego on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” there will be a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West at 4-3. The Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders (who are on a bye in Week 8) would all be 4-3.

According to Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Information), the last time there was a three-way tie for first place between 4-3 teams was in 1989 in the old AFC Central. The Browns won on a Monday night to force a three-way tie between Cleveland, Houston and Cincinnati. Cleveland went on to win the division at 9-6-1.

So, a three-way logjam at this point of the season is pretty rare. If it happens, it would set up a wild second half of the season in the division.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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