Oakland Raiders (2-3)
After 13 consecutive losses to San Diego, the Raiders finally had enough. Oakland opened with two blocked punts and rallied for a second-half comeback led by QB Jason Campbell. Campbell, in for injured Bruce Gradkowski, led Oakland to two fourth-quarter TDs. He was complemented by Michael Bush's running attack (24 carries for 104 yards and a TD).
Oakland's special teams and defense made big plays down the stretch and took advantage of critical Charger errors. Victory was sealed and the Raider nation revived when blitzing safety Michael Huff hit Philip Rivers, forcing a fumble with only 1:10 left on the game clock. Safety Tyvon Branch recovered the ball and returned it 64 yards for a score, eliminating seven years of Raider distress.
Victory did not come without resistance. The Raiders where brutalized by Rivers, who threw for 431 yards. With the No. 31-ranked run defense, Oakland will need to level this playing field should their pass-defense problems persist.
Denver Broncos (2-3)
A 31-17 loss against the Baltimore Ravens may not have been the outcome Denver was anticipating, but it wasn't for lack of effort. QB Kyle Orton threw for 314 yards with big completions to WR Brandon Lloyd for two touchdowns.
Trailing 17-0 with 57 seconds remaining before halftime, Orton connected with Lloyd for a 42-yard touchdown. And again with only 43 seconds left in the fourth, Orton found Lloyd for a 44-yard score. The two plays left Lloyd with 135 receiving yards, but not a win.
The Broncos had some highlights in passing game, but other than that their overall offensive performance lacked sync, as their running game was absent. The Broncos defense did not give its best performance, either.
Josh McDaniels' team was penalized a season-high ten times; the repetitive offenses proved crippling.
Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)
The Chiefs suffered their first loss against the Indianapolis Colts, 19-9. The Chiefs defense did its best to make life difficult for Peyton Manning. RB Jamaal Charles helped keep Manning off the field by running for a game-high 87 yards on 16 carries.
Trailing 9-6, Kansas City got the opportunity to turn things around when Jon McGraw intercepted Manning to give Kansas City possession at the Colts' 30-yard line. On the next play, QB Matt Cassel threw downfield and incomplete to Dwayne Bowe, who dropped the ball in the end zone. Two more incompletes pursued and Kansas City's chance for a takeover dissolved into field goals.
While Todd Haley's team gave an impressive effort, scores comprised solely of field goals are not going to maintain an AFC West lead for long.
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