How did the AFC measure up this Week?
Around the Horn:
This week’s winners include only the San Diego Charger (3-3) who defeated the New England Patriots 30 to 10. The Denver Broncos (4-2) were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-17 and Oakland Raiders (1-4) were defeated by the New Orleans Saints 34 to 3. The Chiefs (1-4) were off this week. Not a particularly good showing this week by the AFC West, with the exception the Chargers. Chargers are turning the heat up on the front runner! Fumbles and interceptions continue to haunt the Broncos along with defensive issues. The Jag's David Garrard had all day to find open receivers. The Raiders debuted their new head coach, but with the same results. Funny what difference a week makes. Last week the Chargers wondered if they had traded the wrong Turner. A win cured the hangover from last week’s loss.
Individual AFC West team top performers for the Chargers include Philip Rivers. Rivers ranked 4th overall the week, through for an impressive 306 yards and a touch downs hat trick. Philip Rivers spread the TDs around to Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, and Antonio Gates. Vincent Jackson ranked as the 3rd overall wide reciever this week with 134 yards including a nice 59-yard reception. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 74 yards on 20 attempts and added another 44 yards in the passing game. Nate Kaeding added another 12 point for the Chargers hitting on 3 of 4 field goal attempts and was perfect with 3 extra points.
The Broncos only have one top performer this week, and it’s Michael Pittman. Pittman finished 5th overall the week and had 109 yards rushing on 20 attempts with 3 receptions for another 16 yards. I add honorable mention for Brandon Stokley who left the game early with a head injury and Daniel Graham played well with Eddie Royal and Tony Scheffler out. Cutler continued to have problems with turnovers, and did live up to his self proclaimed comment that his arm was stronger than John Elway’s this week. You have to walk the walk if you are going to talk the talk.
The Raiders only mustered 3 points so as you can imagine, no top performer for for the Oakland Raiders this week. The Raiders posted 159 yard passing and 85 yards rushing.
Next weeks match up:
The Raiders at home against the Jets, the Broncos travel to New England, the Chiefs hosting the Tennessee Titans, and the Chargers start a long road trip to Buffalo and then head to London for a home game. Now that’s a road trip!
Please note the ranking for individual team performances was done prior to the MNF game and may be subject to change.
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