AFC West Roundup: Broncos survive Jaguars scare


The AFC West is home to the remaining two undefeated teams in the NFL, as the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs each moved to 6-0 on Sunday. Both team’s offenses struggled early, but each used big defensive second halves to pull away and secure double digit victories.

The Oakland Raiders were the team that fell at Kansas City to drop to 2-4 on the year, while the San Diego Chargers have an opportunity to score a big win at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.

Big Winner

The Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs were able to dispatch the pesky Raiders by outscoring them 17-0 in the second half and come away with their first victory against Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. While the offense still has kinks to work out, the defense took another big step on Sunday in establishing itself as the best unit in the NFL. Kanas City is now giving up a jaw-droppingly low 10.8 points per game through six weeks. The matchup between the KC defense and the Denver offense is very intriguing, although we’re still more than a month away from our first taste of that battle in 2013.

Big Loser

The Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders blew a golden opportunity to get back to .500 on Sunday with an absolutely dismal second half. Oakland jumped out on top of the Chiefs 7-0 on a gorgeous 39-yard touchdown pass from Terrelle Pryor to Denarius Moore early in the second quarter, and then didn’t score again the rest of the game. The dynamic Pryor fell apart late, finishing with three interceptions and getting sacked ten times. The game was a chance for Oakland to prove they were capable to taking a big leap this year, and while they’ll have more opportunities, Sunday hurt.

Key Injuries

  • The Broncos lost right tackle Orlando Franklin to an ankle sprain and possible MCL sprain. The severity or how long he’ll be out for is unknown as of right now.
  • The Chiefs seemed to have survived the day relatively unscathed.
  • The Raiders troubles at offensive line got significantly worse at Arrowhead Stadium. Both Andre Gurode and Tony Pashos left the game with injuries, and as the San Jose Mercury News points out, not a single offensive lineman was playing the position he was expected to play at the start of the season in the second half against Kansas City.
  • San Diego Chargers linebackers Jarret Johnson and Donald Butler are both game time decisions against the Colts on Monday Night Football.

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What It All Means

Regardless of what happens tonight with the Chargers, the division is a two-horse race at this point. Not only that, but the No. 1 seed in the AFC is also looking more and more like it will come from the West. Oakland had a golden opportunity to make things interesting on Sunday, but failed to play a worthy second half. Denver escaped the Jaguars, and a win in the NFL is a win. Week 11 between the Broncos and Chiefs can’t get here seen enough.

What’s Next

Denver plays in the game of the season thus far, as Peyton Manning returns to Indy for a Sunday Night affair with his former team. Oakland’s got a bye, the Chiefs welcome in the ice-cold Texans and the Chargers go across the country to play the winless Jaguars.

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