AFC West Tightens Up With Chiefs Victory

They save championships are not won in September but as the Chiefs faced thier final test of the NFL's first quarter, they staved off elimination and served notice they weren't going to lie down and quit.

After consulting with the team chaplain the Kansas City Chiefs were told that Monday night in Baltimore was going to be the day of their first victory in 2004. It was time to finally achieve that elusive first win and the Chiefs succeeded. Kansas City marched into a hostile Ravens Stadium and came out with their first win of the season moving their record to 1-3 as they enter a much needed bye week that will likely shore up any injuries the team has.

Priest Holmes loved hanging one on his old team. The Ravens stellar defense was pushed around all evening by the Chiefs offensive line. Holmes finished with two touchdowns with 125 yards rushing on 25 carries. Holmes and the Chiefs were excellent on third down and controlled the clocked for almost forty minutes of the game.

Johnnie Morton Chris Horn and Tony Gonzalez provided excellent outlets for Trent Green who went 21-31 for 220 yards passing. Green looked like he was going to be sacked on several occasions but managed to elude Raven defenders in his back field completing several passes scrambling.

The Ravens managed to keep it close with special teams with B.J. Sams returning a punt before halftime for a score and setting Baltimore up in good field position time after time on kick off returns. Whenever the defense had to make a big play they did and hopefully they silenced the critics for now. Jamal Lewis was shut down the first half and never found a grove until the fourth quarter while Kyle Boller was made to look like a college quarterback. The Chiefs go to Jacksonville after the bye week and this win was critical to salvaging team morale. Now they have their swagger back and what they do from here will define their character.

Tied for first entering the weekend, the Oakland Raiders dropped a big road game to the Texans 30-17 sending their record to 2-2. Tied at half time the Raiders fell apart in the second half and gave up 13 unanswered points to the Texans. Kerry Collins passed for 238 yards but had three interceptions that killed the Raiders and showed this team is not the same without Rich Gannon.

Amos Zereoue finally found some consistency on the ground for Oakland racking up two scores and 117 yards on just 14 carries. On the other side the Raider defense gave up 105 yards to Houston back up Jonathan Wells. Not looking very good the Riders have the un-delightful task of going to Indianapolis this week for a Sunday showdiowb against the Colts.

The Denver Broncos find themselves in first place at 3-1 after taking care of Tampa Bay 16-13 on the road. The game featured all defense and nothing else really to talk about. The Broncos appear to have one of the best units in the league. Denver gets Carolina at home this weekend. Carolina comes off a loss to 4-0 Atlanta but has already beaten one AFC West team on the road when they defeated the Chiefs in week #2.

The San Diego Chargers took a big home win from the free falling Tennessee Titans 38-17.

Drew Brees and Ladamian Tomlinson are giving the Chargers hope for a more than mediocre season. Hope is the one thing their fans and critics seemingly did not have prior to the season. With an average September the Chargers find themselves at 2-2 and they lost their other two games by a combined 16 points to teams with a combined 6-1 record.

Reche Caldwell looks to be ready to take on the role of filling departed David Boston's shoes. Caldwell caught a touchdown and had 110 yards receiving on three receptions. Sitting nicely in the division at 2-2 the Chargers get Jacksonville on Sunday. The Jags are coming off their first loss of the season.

The AFC West picture should be very interesting after the weekend is complete. Top Stories