AFC West Recap, Week 12

Two weeks ago, the Chargers humbled the Broncos on Monday Night Football and turned the AFC West into a three-team race. This week, San Diego can make it a two-squad affair by topping Oakland. But before we look ahead to that game, we take a look back at last week's action across the division.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)

Matt Cassel & Co. enjoyed a stroll in the park on Sunday compliments of the Seattle Seahawks. Cassel finished 22-of-33 for 233 yards while leading a dominant effort from start to finish. Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe 13 times for 170 yards and three TDs.

Seattle was still trying to compete in the air when Kansas City initiated its top-ranked running game. Jamaal Charles ran 22 times for 173 yards and a score. The Chiefs totaled 270 yards rushing on the day, compared to a measly 20 for the Seahawks.

The Chiefs' victory puts them at 7-4 and at the top of the AFC West. Hosting the Denver Broncos in Week 13, Kansas City looks to even its division record at 2-2 before a pivotal AFC West clash against the San Diego Chargers.

Oakland Raiders (5-6)

Jacoby Ford took the opening kick back 101 yards for a score, but it was all downhill from there for the Silver and Black.

On-again, off-again starter Bruce Gradkowski completed 17-of-32 passes for 252 yards and two interceptions before injuring his shoulder on the final throw of the game. That should turn the carousel back to Jason Campbell, who played well in relief in a Week 5 win over the Chargers.

With Sunday's loss, the Raiders fall two games behind Kansas City and sit at 5-6. Facing the Chargers on Sunday is now a must-win proposition.

Denver Broncos (3-8)

The Broncos didn't come out and play until the fourth quarter on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Down 33-13, Kyle Orton finally decided to make a game of it, firing two touchdowns to Pro Bowl candidate Brandon Lloyd (four catches, 76 yards).

Eddie Royal added a TD catch and Knowshon Moreno had 12 carries for 56 yards and a score. But a sack, a dropped pass, an overthrow and a forced incompletion quickly ended Denver's short-lived rally.

The Broncos have lost 16 of their last 21 games, unfathomable for such a proud franchise. While still mathematically alive for the postseason, Denver is not going anywhere in January except back to the drawing board.

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