AFC West Recap, Week 4

The Chargers have won 13 straight games against their in-state divisional rival. But if Norv Turner's team can't extend that streak to 14, the Chargers will fall to 0-3 on the road and 0-2 in the AFC West. We break down all the latest developments in the division in this Week 4 roundup.

Kansas City Chiefs: Bye Week

The surprising 3-0 Chiefs had an early-season bye before facing their biggest test of the season next week: a road game against Peyton Manning and a highly motivated Indianapolis Colts team.

Oakland Raiders: 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans

Relentless effort by QB Bruce Gradkowski proves he has the mettle to push Oakland. Despite a brutal hit from Bernard Pollard in the second quarter and three ensuing turnovers, Gradkowski held in there.

Oakland's offense showed promise. Aside from being beaten at the point of attack a few times and letting their quarterback take some heat, the Raiders did a reasonable job run blocking, setting up blocks on screens and occupying defenders.

Sophomore receivers Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey weren't much help. The duo was targeted a combined 12 times by Gradkowski yet combined for just two receptions. Murphy capped off the underwhelming performance by dropping a pass on the final play of the game, eliminating Oakland's chances for a comeback.

RB Darren McFadden, one the season's early surprises, suffered a hamstring injury and finished with 47 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards. He was averaging 115 yards rushing in his first three games, so this injury could be devastating.

The Chargers can anticipate the Raiders will be ready to play on Sunday. Oakland has suffered 13 consecutive losses to the Bolts and needs a season turnaround. Defending their season and looking to break an unrelenting streak, Oakland is most likely going to play all cards in the deck against the Chargers in Week 5.

Denver Broncos: 26-20 victory at Tennessee

The Broncos managed to twist a forgettable start into a memorable win on Sunday, much credited to QB Kyle Orton. Orton completed 35 of his 50 pass attempts, totaling 341 passing yards and two touchdowns. Despite being sacked six times, Orton made it clear the passing game is this team's forte'.

Demaryius Thomas' returns, David Bruton's hits and Cassius Vaughn's fumble recovery pulled through on the special teams. And good thing the Bronco defense came to play, successfully limiting Chris Johnson to only 53 yards on 19 carries.

Not much can be said for the running game. Denver averaged just 1 yard per carry, leaving Orton as the team's leading rusher with just 11 yards. The Broncos' biggest weakness is clearly their inability to establish a ground game.


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