Around The AFC West – 12/5

The NFL has eight divisions in two conferences. Only one of those eight has a team with a two-game lead in their division.

Remarkably, that’s the Kansas City Chiefs. Now 8-4 after their 10-6 victory over Denver, they hold a two-game edge on both Oakland and San Diego, teams that are 6-6 on the season.

In the other seven divisions there are teams with a one-game lead – Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Chicago, Atlanta – and divisions where teams are tied.

All the Chiefs need to worry about is their division and they are in the driver’s seat right now.

Raiders 28, Chargers 13 @ Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

San Diego QB Philip Rivers knows there isn’t anybody for the Chargers to blame but themselves.

“When you put yourself in the position like we had early on at 2-5, where you need to play really well and win every game it makes it harder because you can’t have a game like this,” Rivers said after the Oakland Raiders stunned the Chargers in taking a 28-13 victory in San Diego.

“A game like that” included the Chargers running for just 21 yards on eight carries and giving up 251 yards rushing to the Raiders. Two first quarter turnovers put San Diego in a bad spot right off the bat.

“They played good football and we didn’t; simple as that,” Chargers RB Mike Tolbert said. “We definitely need to come out with a better attitude and better effort.”

Who could blame the Chargers if they thought a win was guaranteed. Coming into the game they had won 18 consecutive games played in December. It was their month, their time and they could win their fifth consecutive division title by keeping that streak alive.

But that went out the window as the Raiders defense got after the Chargers, picking up four sacks and an interception. Oakland had a time of possession advantage of 17 minutes, 18 seconds.

San Diego did not have rookie RB Ryan Mathews, out with a sprained ankle.

Here’s how the division looks with four weeks to go.

# Team

Record

Conf

Div.

Next

Then

Then

Last Game

1. CHIEFS

8-4

5-4

2-2

@ SD

@ St.L

TEN

OAK

2. Oakland

6-6

4-4

4-0

@ JAX

DEN

INDY

@ KC

  San Diego

6-6

5-4

1-3

KC

SAN FRAN

@ CIN

@ DEN

4. Denver

3-9

2-7

1-3

@ AZ

@ OAK

HOU

SD


3 Responses to “Around The AFC West – 12/5”

  • December 6, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Bad thing:

    even if the Chiefs tie the series with OAK, the raiders still hold the second tiebreaker in division standings (unless the Raiders lose both their remaining division games and the Chiefs win theirs).

    This makes the Raiders the more challenging division rival right now – although next weeks game will be essential as well.


  • December 6, 2010  - Craig says:

    It looks good for KC but we control our future a win next week could all but ice it. However we lose to San Diego and they wins out and we go 2-2 last four games and we are out of the playoffs. Oakland has a tough schedule, they will not win all four, prob 2-2 or 1-3
    Go Chiefs


  • December 7, 2010  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Doesn’t it feel *GREAT* to be on top looking down and not on the bottom looking up?

    Go CHIEFS!




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