You would think the Kansas City Chiefs silenced some of their critics on Thursday night with their 27-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

But apparently, that’s not the case.

Despite the Chiefs’ 2-0 start — which includes a 44-21 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals in week one — the national media still doesn’t believe Kansas City will win the AFC West.

Three panelists on ESPN’s first take — Stephen A. Smith, Marcus Spears, and Ryan Clark — all said on Friday morning that they still think the Chargers will win the division.

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Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) runs the ball against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

“I have the Chargers winning the AFC West, despite the fact that they just lost last night,” said Smith.

“Finally, something we agree on,” agreed Spears.

“I have the Chargers winning,” added Clark. “I think we have to come around to this: When you look at the Chargers roster, the only one I look at from top to bottom that I feel the same about is the Buffalo Bills. That’s why Josh Allen and Justin Herbert are going to be at the top of this thing.”

Clark insinuated that the Chargers have a better roster than the Chiefs.

That’s obviously subjective. And while Los Angeles definitely has a great roster, the results are all that truly matter.

And so far, Kansas City is the team with the best results in the division.

It’s mind-blowing that anyone in the national media is doubting Kansas City — you know, the team that has won the AFC West the last six seasons.

The Chiefs still have the best quarterback in the AFC. They have the best tight end in the league. And they have one of the best head coaches of all-time leading the charge. The only difference this season is that Kansas City doesn’t have wide receiver Tyreek Hill anymore.

Well, Mahomes looks to be doing just fine without Hill. Despite the hate from the national media, the AFC West still runs through Kansas City.

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