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AFC West Recap: Week 4

Kansas City Chiefs

Bye week. The Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) got an extra week to prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs remain in first place and are guaranteed to maintain that spot through at least next week.

San Diego Chargers

With a dominating 42-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the San Diego Chargers improved to 2-2 on the year and are now tied for second place in the division, 1.5 games behind the Chiefs. Quarterback Philip Rivers continued his superb season, but the big story on Sunday was Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, who caught 7 passes for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns. Matt Tolbert got the start at running back and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. The Chargers looked very impressive this week, resembling the 13-3 squad from 2009 that spanked the AFC West last year.

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    Denver Broncos

    The Denver Broncos (2-2) got a big win on the road against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, edging out a 26-20 victory thanks to quarterback Kyle Orton and the Broncos run defense. Orton threw for over 341 yards and the Broncos held 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson to under 3 yards a carry and 53 total yards. However, the Broncos running game looked absolutely pathetic without injured back Knowshon Moreno. As a team, Denver had 20 rushes for only 19 yards. Even Moreno only has a meager 2.8 yards per carry on the season. If the Broncos want to keep up with the Chiefs and Chargers, they will need to develop a more consistent ground game.

    Oakland Raiders

    The Oakland Raiders (1-3) lost to the Houston Texans 31-24 at home on Sunday, dropping to the bottom of the AFC West. Oakland rallied late, getting a touchdown and a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it a one-score game with a little over 6 minutes left, but the Texans hung on and got the victory. For Chiefs fans, this should be an encouraging result if the Raiders are able to hang with the Texans, who play the Chiefs in week 6. Although the Texans were without star wide receiver Andre Johnson, they still certainly looked beatable. The Raiders looked very scrappy this week, but have dug themselves a hole in the standings.

    Next Week

    Here are the matchups for the AFC West in week 5:

    Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts.

    We’ll have plenty of analysis throughout the week here at Chiefs Command on this game, be sure to check in each day for more.

    Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens

    The Broncos are not likely to win this one. The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) looked very impressive in their 17-14 win over then-undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Look for Baltimore to cruise in this one.

    San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders

    The Chargers hope to have a better result than their first divisional game, an opening week loss to the Chiefs, 21-14. The Raiders need to start winning if they want to become relevant in the AFC West, but they haven’t beaten the Chargers since 2003. ‘Nuff said.

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