Around The AFC WEST – 12/12

The Chiefs stayed on top, the Chargers gained ground and stayed alive and the Raiders shot themselves in the foot.

That was the results of Week No. 14 in the NFL as San Diego was the only division team to come out on the winning end, with their 31-0 victory over the Chiefs.

So now the standings have the Chiefs at 8-5, the Chargers are 7-6, the Raiders 6-7 and the Broncos 3-10.

Coming up, the Chiefs travel to St. Louis, the Chargers host San Francisco this Thursday, Oakland hosts Denver next Sunday. Here’s what went down in the other division games on Sunday.

Jaguars 38, Raiders 31 @ EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

The Raiders held a 10-point lead at half-time and looked like they were on their way to staying in the AFC West race for another week.

But then Jaguars hit them in the second half with big play after big play and walked away with the seven-point victory.

Oakland RB Darren McFadden did his best to give the Raiders a chance. He had touchdown runs of 36, 51 and 67 yards. Overall, he finished with 123 rushing yards on 16 carries and he caught three passes for 86 yards. Still, the Raiders lost.

“It’s very frustrating,” McFadden said. “A game like that it don’t mean nothing if you don’t win.”

It was the Raiders defense that gave up big plays in the second half, as Jacksonville RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (101 yards) and Rashad Jennings (109 yards) both went over the 100-yard mark.

“At critical points of the game, we just didn’t make the plays,” said Raiders DT Richard Seymour. “When it came down to it, we gave up too many big plays on defense. You aren’t going to beat anybody doing that.”

The outcome left the Jags one game ahead of the Colts in the AFC South. The Raiders are now 6-7, and still two games behind the Chiefs.

Cardinals 43, Broncos 13 @ University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

Things continue to go from bad to worse for the Broncos, appearing in their first game under interim head coach Eric Studesville who last week replaced Josh McDaniels.

There was no great boost from the change, as Denver turned over the ball six times, including three interceptions thrown by QB Kyle Orton. Even with Orton having a bad day with 19 of 41 for 166 yards, the new coach said he did not consider inserting rookie QB Tim Tebow.

“We did not feel like Kyle was in a position that we needed to do that,” said Studesville.

The game was actually pretty close until the fourth quarter, when the Cardinals scored 24 points to make it a runaway victory.

“We got beat by a team that showed more energy and more will,” Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan said. “We gave some effort for a little while, but at the end, it got out of hand.”

The victory ended a seven-game losing streak for Arizona. The Broncos have now lost eight of their last nine games.

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