AROUND THE AFC WEST

The Chiefs and Raiders highlighted the AFC West action on Sunday.

But the San Diego Chargers picked up a big victory, and the Denver Broncos had a bye week to lick their wounds and get ready for a visit from the Chiefs this coming Sunday.

After the smoke cleared on the Raiders 23-20 overtime victory against the Chiefs and the Chargers 29-23 decision over the Houston Texans, the Chiefs still lead the west with their 5-3 record. The Raiders are now 5-4 and in second place. San Diego is 4-5 and then Denver is at 2-6.

The Broncos host the Chiefs coming up next, while the Raiders and Chargers are both on their bye week.

CHARGERS 29, TEXANS 23 @ RELIANT STADIUM IN HOUSTON

Philip Rivers continues to be the hottest quarterback in the game, as he threw for four touchdown passes even though he was without TE Antonio Gates, WR Malcom Floyd and WR Vincent Jackson hasn’t returned to the lineup yet.

But that did not slow down Rivers. He completed 17 passes to eight different receivers and threw TD passes to rookie WR Seyi Ajirotutu and backup TE Randy McMichael. An undrafted rookie out of Fresno State who was the roommate of first-round draft choice Ryan Mathews, Ajirotutu caught four passes for 111 yards.

The Chargers won despite giving up 127 yards on the ground and two touchdowns to RB Arian Foster. And they won despite allowing their fifth punt block of the season.

But the star was again Rivers, who has now thrown for 2,944 yards in nine games. That’s a pace that would give him 5,234 yards for the season, an NFL record.

“He can make any throw,” said Chargers head coach Norv Turner. “He understands what we’re doing and he makes a lot of guys look like real good players.”


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