Watching the standings ... in September!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Been awhile since the Kansas City Chiefs needed to worry about how their division rivals in the AFC West are doing. Usually they merely had to look up in the division standings to find them.

But thanks to the NFL schedule-makers, the Chiefs have had three whole days to enjoy being alone in first place. They got a jump on the rest of the division in this week's action and moved to 3-0 by beating the Philadelphia Eagles. They're still alone at the top because the 2-0 Denver Broncos don't play until Monday night against the Oakland Raiders.

No matter what happens in Denver Monday night, the Chiefs suddenly have the look of a team with staying power, at least for the next several weeks. Four of Kansas City's next five games will be played at Arrowhead Stadium, starting with Sunday's game against the 0-3 New York Giants. The Giants will play better than they did in losing to Carolina, but look for the Chiefs to move to 4-0 for the first time since 2003.

Next up is a game against the Titans in Nashville followed by home games against Oakland, Houston and Cleveland. The Chiefs will then venture back on the road for a game against the Bills.

There might be at least a couple of losses in there for the Chiefs. But probably not enough of them that the Chiefs won't like the look of the standings for the next several weeks.