AFC West Recap, Week 7

For years, the Chiefs and Raiders have served as doormats in a division owned by the Chargers. Now, Oakland and Kansas City are seeing San Diego get smaller and smaller in their rear-view mirrors. Here is where things stand in the AFC West after Week 7.

Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)

The Chiefs returned home to face a Jacksonville Jaguars team missing its top two quarterbacks, a recipe that led to an easy 42-20 win and a 2.5-game lead over the Chargers.

Matt Cassel found Dwayne Bower for a pair of TDs and the running game did the rest, churning out 236 yards on the ground.

The Chiefs are at the head of the class, but there are still concerns. Kansas City is the third-most penalized team in the NFL, a stat that was reinforced by costly pass-interference penalties by Eric Berry and Brandon Carr. Also, the pass rush, which mustered only one sack, remains a work in progress.

Kansas City will look to work out the kinks this week as it hosts the last winless team in the league, the Buffalo Bills. In fact, the Chiefs will play just one team with a winning record (the Seattle Seahawks) before their rematch with the Chargers on Dec. 12.

Oakland Raiders (3-4) / Denver Broncos (2-4)

Raider Nation invaded the Mile High club on Sunday with merciless ferocity. Before fans could even get to their seats, the Raiders had opened up a 21-0 lead.

Darren McFadden (hamstring) celebrated his return with four trips to the end zone. Jason Campbell chipped in an efficient performance, completing 12 of 20 passes for 204 yards and two TDs. In the end, the Raiders set a team record for points scored in a 59-14 thrashing.

The Broncos offense, seemingly behind from the opening kickoff, held the ball for only 21 minutes and finished with just 165 yards passing and 75 yards rushing. Knowshon Moreno (two scores) was the lone silver-lining.

The Raiders will look to get back to .500 next week when they host the Seahawks. The game matches Oakland's No. 3 rushing attack vs. Seattle's No. 2 run defense.

The Broncos next game will take place in London, where they will collide with another team coming off a deflating loss. Denver battles a San Francisco squad that just lost to the previously winless Carolina Panthers, 23-20.

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