AFC West Recap, Week 11

The San Diego Chargers picked up their first divisional win Sunday, but it did not help close the gap with Kansas City. Perhaps that will come this week, as the Chiefs enter a hostile environment while the Chargers return to prime time.

Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)

The Chiefs came away with a blowout victory against the Arizona Cardinals. Statistically a match, Arizona was no rival for Kansas City's big playmakers. WR Dwayne Bowe secured six passes for 109 yards and two TDs. The combined efforts of RBs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles plowed through Arizona's defense, combining for 159 yards and two scores.

Kansas City's ground attack was once again in full effect, helping the offense post 21 points in under 17 minutes. With an equally intact defensive effort, Kansas City kept Arizona in safe distance from the end zone until the win was well in-hand. Matt Cassel threw for 193 yards and two TDs.

With their 31-13 win, the Chiefs are back atop the division; however, it may not be a long-lasting position for Todd Haley & Co. as they face a challenging battle in Seattle against the Seahawks (3-1 at home). They will need to secure this win to keep their advancing division rivals at bay.

Oakland Raiders (5-5)

What exactly did Oakland do during its bye week? Whatever it was, it didn't work. The prevailing team we have seen take the field the last few weeks did not show up in Pittsburgh. Oakland was forced into three turnovers and earned just 182 yards. Yes, that's correct, 182 yards TOTAL.

A below-average day for Oakland indeed. Entering with the league's No. 2 rushing attack, the Raiders were held to 61 yards on the ground (91 yards below their season average). RB Darren McFadden entered Sunday leading the NFL in yards per game; he was completely shut down by the Steelers, finishing with 14 yards on 10 carries.

Jason Campbell was benched after going 7-of-19 for 70 yards and an interception. Not even the return of QB Bruce Gradkowski (13-of-24, 98 yards) could spark a comeback. The Steelers' Anthony Madison locked up breakout star Jacoby Ford.

It's unfortunate the only Oakland play likely to be remembered by fans is the play Richard Seymour made at Ben Rothlisberger's face after a 22-yard touchdown pass.

Oakland has dropped out of their tie for the AFC west lead and will face the 5-5 Miami Dolphins this week. They will be looking to re-build their momentum before facing the Chargers in Week 13.

Denver Broncos (3-7)

The Chargers are back in the saddle again thanks to the lackluster performance of the Broncos. Although Denver had a few thousand Charger fans squirming in their seats after an impressive opening drive (six plays and 69 yards, capped off by a Knowshon Moreno TD run), it was all San Diego after that.

San Diego outplayed the Broncos in every phase. Kyle Orton was pummeled out of his comfort zone by the Chargers defense (five sacks). One of those pressures came from Shaun Phillips and led to Antoine Cason's third interception of the season.

For the Broncos, the upside is they are improving on their ability to score in the first quarter; the downside is their inability to incorporate the rest of it.

With the Chargers knocking them even further from playoff contention, the Broncos will be praying for a miracle in the Mile High city as they host the St. Louis Rams.

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