The AFC West is one of the hardest divisions to predict this season. Every team has a legitimate chance to not only make the play-offs but win the division. With the Broncos getting the W on Thursday night, the rest of the West donned their helmets on Sunday night to make their case as to why they should be respected this season.
Oakland Raiders look frisky
Jack Del Rio does what he wants, when he wants. With less than a minute left on the clock, 47 seconds to be exact, and the Raiders down by one, Del Rio opted to go for two instead of kicking the PAT which would have tied the game.
Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree in the end zone and Oakland went on to win the game 35-34. “I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now,” said the Raiders head coach. Given that his defence was poor all night, you can see why.
Speaking about the defence, this was meant to be one of the best in the NFL this season but Drew Brees carved them up for fun. If they are to reach the play-offs in a very difficult division, they will need to improve drastically. Bruce Irvin made a play early on but Sean Smith, signed from Kansas City in the summer, was benched after letting Brandin Cooks burn him for a 99-yard touchdown. Not a good start to his career in Oakland.
Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of bottle
To battle back from three TD’s down and to win a game in overtime takes a lot of steel. Factor in that the Chiefs were missing Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston and were against division rivals the Chargers and the win looks even better.
Spencer Ware was immense, catching seven passes on eight targets for 129 yards. Ware rushed the ball 11 times for 70 yards and ran in for the game tying touchdown.
However, being down 21 at half is not something to boast about and will need to improve if they are to retain the AFC West. Though they held the Chargers to six points in the second half could be because Keenan Allen left the game with a possible season-ending knee injury.
San Diego Chargers have no luck or pass rush
This team has no luck. Allen has only just returned from a season-ending kidney injury and is unlikely to play again in 2016. The offence is a different machine without him and Phillip Rivers will need need to rely on his other playmakers to step up. One player who did on Sunday was Melvin Gordan, who scored two TDs after scoring none in his rookie season.
This team also has no pass rush or defence. Head Coach Mike McCoy said: “It was a matter of us getting after them and getting pressure on Alex (Smith). I’ll have to watch the whole film and see (why) exactly in the fourth quarter as a team, we didn’t get it done.”
He doesn’t need to watch the whole film. He needs to get Joey Bosa on the field asap. The Chargers play the Jaguars next and if they give Blake Bortles all the time in the world to find Allen Hurns and Robinson, the Chargers will find themselves 0-2.