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Friday, September 28, 2012
Slow starts hurt in the AFC West

By Bill Williamson

Start fast.

That is the mantra of every NFL team, year in and year out. In the AFC West, however, that mantra is not ringing true so far.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the teams with the three worst point differentials in the first quarter through Week 3 reside in the AFC West. Kansas City has the worst in the NFL at minus-60. Denver is next at minus-39 and Oakland is third worst in the league at minus-31.

However, there is a silver lining for the Broncos and the Chiefs. The Broncos have the best fourth-quarter point differential in the NFL at plus-39. Kansas City is third at plus-26.

Still, both teams (along with Oakland) are 1-2. So even though they are finishing strong, they are putting themselves in too big of a hole in the first quarter.

So, again, start fast.