Around the AFC West

The Raiders were the Raiders and that did not work very well in Pittsburgh on Sunday. And Monday night, it’s the Chargers hosting the Broncos. That’s the weekend action in the AFC West.

Oakland fell to Pittsburgh 35-3, in a game that included Raiders DE Richard Seymour getting thrown out of the game for punching Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

That outcome left the Chiefs on top of the division again with a 6-4 record after beating Arizona 31-13. The Raiders are now 5-5. San Diego is 4-5 and Denver is 3-6 before the Monday night action.

Next Sunday, the Chiefs travel to Seattle, while the Chargers are in Indianapolis for a Sunday night game against the Colts. Oakland hosts Miami and Denver welcome St. Louis to Invesco Field.

Steelers 35, Raiders 3 @ Heinz Field

It was the Pittsburgh defense that controlled this game, as the Raiders had just 182 offensive yards and could not score a touchdown. Oakland had just 61 rushing yards and the Steelers held RB Darren McFadden to 14 yards on 10 carries. The Raiders were shutout in the second half, as Pittsburgh won despite setting a club record with 163 penalty yards. Oakland had three turnovers.

Roethlisberger threw three TD passes and ran for another one. He had just completed a 22-yard score WR Emmanuel Sanders, giving to giving the Steelers a 21-3 lead, when he raised his arms to signal touchdown. He walked toward the line of scrimmage, when Seymour turned suddenly and punched him in the face.

“I was not expecting that from him,” Roethlisberger said. “It blew my mind. We knew coming in that it was going to be a pretty physical game. There was a lot of pushing and shoving and extracurricular stuff.”

Roethlisberger fell to the ground and a big fight broke out. Seymour said there was a lot of yapping between the teams, but he could not recall what was being said.

“It was a lot of ongoing crap and you’re out there to protect yourself,” Seymour said. “It’s still no excuse. I’m not sure exactly what happened on the play. I just turned around, and he just ran up on me quick. It was just natural reaction.”

That “natural reaction” figures to cost Seymour big dollars and possibly even a longer suspension that what he served on Sunday.

Broncos vs. Chargers, 7:30 p.m. CST @ Qualcomm Stadium

This is the first of two meetings between these long-time AFC West rivals. They’ll meet again in Denver on the final Sunday of the regular season. Last year, these teams split the season series, each winning on the road. Denver won by 11 in San Diego and the Chargers won by 29 points at Invesco Field.

Denver will be without CB Andre Goodman who did not play last weekend against the Chiefs because of a quad injury. Listed as questionable are LB Robert Ayers (foot), S Renaldo Hill (neck), WR Eddie Royals (hamstring) and S Darcel McBath (ankle).

The Chargers injury report includes RB Ryan Mathews who is doubtful with an ankle injury and WR Legedu Naanee has a hamstring and is listed as doubtful. DB Darrel Stuckey is questionable with a hamstring. Other questionable are TE Antonio Gates (foot), G Louis Vasquez (neck), S Steve Gregory (shoulder).

7 Responses to “Around the AFC West”

  • November 22, 2010  - Tracy says:

    The Steelers had 163 yards in penalties? Sounds like the Raiders got them to play down to the Raiders’ level. Seymour’s behavior must stem from a complete lack of discipline or utter frustration with the flow of the game. As for the fine, just cough it up, baby.

  • November 22, 2010  - PAChiefsFan says:

    Since when is punching someone in the face a “natural reaction”?

  • November 22, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    It seems to be natural in Oaktown …

  • November 22, 2010  - ben says:

    I think it was because big Ben grabbed him from behind startling him and his natural reaction to being grabbed from behind was to turn and punch. We are human and each have flight or fight instincts especially when startled. Anyway that is what it looked like to me on the replay.

  • November 22, 2010  - Rick says:

    Having seen the replay of what occurred just before Seymour decked Roethlisberger, he didn’t grab him from behind. He did brush his shoulder from the side and it’s obvious he was saying something, but there’s no way to know whom he was talking to or what was said.

    No I think it’s safe to say that Seymour is now, officially, a Raider. I don’t like Roethlisberger at all, but Seymour’s punch was nothing short of a cheap shot and should garner him a fine and possibly a suspension.

    Just lose Raiders!

  • November 22, 2010  - Niblick says:

    It’s going be hard to do, but I’ll be pulling for the Broncos tonight. I still fear the Chargers as our main threat to winning the division. They have an easy remaining schedule after Indy next week. They could very easily go 10-6. Even if we win all our home games and steal one on the road, we would also be 10-6. Unless our win is over the Chargers, we would would probably lose the tie breaker. I think it is highly unlikelyt hat we can go 5-1 the rest of the way. Let’s hope the Chargers lose a couple more.

  • November 22, 2010  - Don says:

    “It seems to be natural in Oaktown …” I thought that was cheering when a player gets injured and throwing batteries.

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