The Oakland Raiders didn’t have to win in Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season in order to move up in the standings. As the team sat at home during their bye week, the Kansas City Chiefs did their part to make the AFC West race a more interesting one.

Kansas City was defeated by the Houston Texans 31-24, dropping their record to 4-2. The Chiefs are now tied with the 3-2 Raiders in the loss column, giving them only a half-game lead atop the division.

Sunday marked Kansas City’s second loss in as many weeks at Arrowhead Stadium.

Patrick Mahomes’ campaign to repeat as the NFL MVP has taken a bit of a hit over the last few weeks. The quarterback threw his first interception of the season in Week 6 and he’s completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes in three straight games.

The Denver Broncos beat the Tennessee Titans Sunday to improve to 2-4 and move up to third place in the AFC West. A loss at home tied the Los Angeles Chargers with Denver at 2-4, but the Broncos’ Week 5 victory in L.A. gives them the tiebreaker over their division rivals.

Los Angeles was supposed to be the one team that could challenge Kansas City in the AFC West. Both teams went 12-4 in the 2018 season, though the Chiefs won their third straight division title.

Oakland hasn’t won the AFC West since the 2002 season when they lost in the Super Bowl. The Raiders have picked up two straight victories over winning teams, beating the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 4 and upsetting the Chicago Bears in London in Week 5.

The Chiefs easily beat the Raiders 28-10 when they met in Oakland in Week 2.

The Raiders’ schedule is about to get very difficult with consecutive road games against the Green Bay Packers and Texans. Oakland finally returns home in Week 9 for a matchup with the Detroit Lions.

Kansas City will kick off the Week 7 schedule when they visit Denver on “Thursday Night Football” for their second divisional matchup of 2019. The Chiefs are early 3.5-point favorites, according to the betting line at OddsShark.

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Jon Gruden looks on during warm-ups prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images