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Cassel and Bowe make move in MVP Watch

ESPN.com’s MVP Watch has an AFC West feel this week.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is No. 2 (come on, Sando, put him on top where he belongs). Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel is No. 7 and Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is No. 9.

How cool is that, Chiefs fans?

It’s Dec. 1 and two of your players are in the top nine of an MVP Watch and it’s these two players. Both Cassel and Bowe have been maligned by some Kansas City fans as recently as October. The argument was that Cassel and Bowe didn't have big-play capability in them. Yet, Cassel has thrown 22 touchdown passes this season with just four interceptions. Bowe has 32 catches and seven touchdowns in his past three games.

There’s no question these are two capable players and both are a big reason why the Chiefs are 7-4 and lead the division.

By the way, the Chiefs would be the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs and host a wild-card round game if the season ended today. That’s a nice pace to be on. San Diego is the first team looking in from the outside. We have five games to go, so there’s plenty of shuffling still to come.

In other AFC West news, the Chargers are denying a report that a big chunk of the team is being sold which could lead to a move to Los Angeles. The team is selling a minority piece of the organization. Meanwhile, the Chargers have a lot of work to do in the offseason.

The Chiefs have signed cornerback Mike Richardson. He was previously with New England and Kansas City. Linebacker Justin Cole was released to make room for Richardson.