Sunday 10/17 AFC West Update

From Reliant Stadium, Houston

The Chiefs have now lost two games in a row and have not lost any ground as they maintain their spot at the top of the AFC West.

Not an inch. The entire division bit the dust on Sunday, as the Chiefs lost to Houston 35-31. San Diego was beaten by the Rams in St. Louis 20-17. Denver was at home and lost to the New York Jets 24-20. Oakland went across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco and the 49ers got their first victory of the season 17-9.

That leaves the Chiefs 3-2 and the rest of the division is now 2-4, so they have a two-game lead in the loss column. Here’s how it went down with the other AFC West teams.

RAMS DOMINATE CHARGERS WITH DEFENSE

San Diego entered the Edwards Jones Dome on Sunday with the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL. The St. Louis defense was No. 20 in yards allowed. But they stifled QB Philip Rivers, sacking him seven times in the game and allowing the Chargers just 287 yards.

The only part of the San Diego offense the Rams couldn’t stop was WR Patrick Crayton, who finished with six catches for 117 yards. TE Antonio Gates left the game in the first half with an ankle injury.

St. Louis had just enough offense, as Steve Jackson ran for 109 yards and Sam Bradford passed for 198 yards. Bradford connected with Mizzou rookie WR Danario Alexander for a 38-yard touchdown.

The Chargers are home this coming Sunday, hosting the 4-1 New England Patriots.

ZEBRA’S FLAG GIVES JETS CHANCE TO BEAT BRONCOS

It was 4th-and-6 from the Denver 48-yard line. The New York Jets had no choice. They had to go for it with under two minutes left in the game and trailing 20-17. Jets WR Santonio Holmes and Broncos S Renaldo Hill bumped into each other at the goal line as a pass from QB Mark Sanchez fell incompleted.

But that was when the yellow flag came out and Hill was called for pass interference. On the next play, RB LaDainian Tomlinson scored his second touchdown of the game and gave the Jets their victory and a 5-1 record.

The Broncos defense had three starters out, but they had Sanchez confused all day as the young QB threw his first interceptions of the season. The Jets had one giveaway in their first five games and then had three against Denver.

QB Kyle Orton and the Broncos offense put some points on the board but couldn’t sustain success against the New York defense. Rookie QB Tim Tebow did score his first NFL touchdown, a five-yard run in the second quarter.

The Broncos are home this coming Sunday and host the Raiders.

SHORT TRIP DOESN’T HELP RAIDERS

Al Davis’ team was coming off a big victory over the Chargers, but they couldn’t carry that onto the field against the 49ers. It was the seventh time the Raiders had a chance to put together back-to-back victories in recent years. They’ve failed each time.

The second half of this game was played in a steady rain, and that seemed to bring the Oakland offense to a halt as the Jason Campbell-led group had just 179 net yards, with 110 yards coming in the running game.

San Francisco got 149 rushing yards from RB Frank Gore and QB Alex Smith threw two second half TD passes, going to WR Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis.

The Raiders will be on the road next weekend, visiting the Broncos in Denver.

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