AFC West Review 10/24

The last time the Broncos allowed 59 points in Denver before Sunday was the very first game played by the Kansas City Chiefs.

History takes us back to the 1963 season opener, when the Chiefs went to then called Bears Stadium and slapped the Broncos 59-7. The franchise had never seen anything like that again, until the Oakland Raiders – yes those Oakland Raiders – grabbed a 59-14 victory that was one of the surprises of the NFL weekend.

Also in the AFC West, a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Chargers in San Diego wasn’t enough for them to get ahead of New England, as the Patriots won 23-20. A late Chargers FG to tie the game bounced off the right upright from 50 yards away and they were disappointed again.

It all leaves the AFC West standings looking like this:

Team W L Pct. Div. Conf. Next Up
CHIEFS 4 2 .667 1-0 3-2 Buffalo at home
Oakland 3 4 .429 2-0 2-2 Seattle at home
San Diego 2 5 .286 0-2 1-3 Tennessee at home
Denver 2 5 .286 0-1 1-5 vs. San Francisco in London


Oakland scored 38 points in the game’s first 22 minutes. The Broncos never recovered.

“You blinked and looked up and it was out of hand,” Denver DB Nate Jones said in the locker room after the game.

The star was RB Darren McFadden who scored four touchdowns in the game, including a 57-yard run. When RB Michael Bush scored a one-yard TD with 27 seconds to play in the third quarter, it broke the Raiders team record for points at 52.

Overall, the Raiders put up 508 yards in total offense, including 328 rushing yards, or 6.3 yards per carry. They did not turn the ball over. The Oakland defense allowed only 240 yards and Denver had three turnovers.

“We get one chance a week to put our name on something for three hours and our name is forever going to be on this game,” said Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. “None of us are proud of it. It’s awful.”


The San Diego defense showed up on Sunday. The offense didn’t arrive until the fourth quarter. By then it was too late for another Chargers comeback.

In the first half, the Patriots had only 38 offensive yards, yet they led 13-3 because San Diego had four turnovers.

“I don’t think we gave ourselves a chance,” said Chargers head coach Norv Turner. “You’re not going to win making these mistakes.”

Even at the end, they had a chance to send the game to overtime. New England gambled on a 4th-and-1 play from its 49-yard line. The San Diego defense stuffed the run and gave the offense another chance. Eventually Kris Brown, signed to kick from the injured Nate Kaeding, hit a strong 50-yard attempt that banged off the right upright with 23 seconds to play.

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