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Separating NFL pretenders and contenders at the halfway point

Yardbarker Logo By Seth Trachtman of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 22: The Chiefs still have the Chargers on their tail in the AFC West, but they're in the driver's seat for both the division and home-field advantage in the AFC. The elite offense tops the league with 36.3 points per game, led by Patrick Mahomes and a host of elite weapons, and the defense will likely get several key players back soon, namely Justin Houston and Eric Berry. Their Nove. 19 showdown in Mexico City vs. the Rams can't come soon enough.

Contender: Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs still have the Chargers on their tail in the AFC West, but they're in the driver's seat for both the division and home-field advantage in the AFC. The elite offense tops the league with 36.3 points per game, led by Patrick Mahomes and a host of elite weapons, and the defense will likely get several key players back soon, namely Justin Houston and Eric Berry. Their Nov. 19 showdown in Mexico City vs. the Rams can't come soon enough.

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