AFC West Report: Chiefs and Chargers Both Win

In games that they had to win the Chiefs and Chargers both secured victories on Sunday moving to 7-4. With the wins both teams stayed within an ear shot of division leader Denver. Kansas City and San Diego remain two games off the pace while the Raiders lose to the Dolphins and have all but dropped out of playoff contention.

The Kansas City Chiefs clicked in all phases against the defending world champs on Sunday afternoon. Larry Johnson ran the ball effectively and Trent Green found life in the long ball and now the stage is set for a huge game against the Broncos at Arrowhead on Sunday.

From the first drive when the Patriots went three and out and the Chiefs first drive when Larry Johnson bowled his way into the end zone. The feeling was that it was going to be the Chiefs day. Johnson plowed by the Patriots all day with 119 yards on 31 carries and the 1-yard touchdown run for the first score of the game. Johnson's power running set up the pass all day long for Trent Green.

Green passed for 323 yards and one touchdown. He threw six pass plays of over 20 yards for the first time this season. The lone touchdown pass was a 52-yard pass to Dante Hall early in the third quarter. Green also hit Eddie Kennison on a 42-yard pass completion. Sammie Parker, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson all had receptions over 20-yards on the afternoon.

The Chiefs defense also showed up. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was sacked three times on the day and was picked off four times. Three of those interceptions were by Greg Wesley. Eric Warfield had nine solo tackles to lead the Chiefs. This looked like the best performance by the defense all year as the Patriots never found a running game and Tom Brady was forced into playing the worst game of his season so far.

Lawrence Tynes was a perfect 4 for 4 on field goals including a 47-yard field goal. The win for the Chiefs was just the beginning of a tough six game stretch. Any chances of winning the division will have to come with a victory over the Broncos next week. Earlier in the season the Broncos waxed Kansas City 30-10.

The San Diego Chargers came up with a big win over the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field on Sunday afternoon. The star once again was LaDainian Tomlinson whose 41-yard run in overtime won the game for the Chargers 23-17 when he waltzed across the goal line.

Tomlinson totaled 184 yards rushing with three touchdowns and got the praise from Marty Schottenheimer after the game when he was called the best running back ever to play the game. Tomlinson also had a 32-yard run that tied the game late in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins won the turnover battle getting three to the Chargers none. Drew Brees didn't throw a touchdown pass and was intercepted three times on the afternoon. Brees was also sacked three times on the afternoon and repeatedly was harassed by the Redskins defense. It was a tough win to acquire for Chargers but in the end they somehow found a way to take out the Redskins.

Nate Kaeding had his worst game of the year so far missing two field goals. He did convert on a 48-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter when the Chargers trailed the Skins by ten points. San Diego will find themselves in an awkward position next week when their two main division rivals meet.

Do they root for the Broncos who lead them by two games in the division or the Chiefs who they are tied with and are lurking to snag at least a wild card? More than likely they will root for the Chiefs and will hope they can knock out Kansas City at Arrowhead in Week 16.

The Oakland Raiders had little margin for error on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins who couldn't seem to get anything going their way before Sunday. It was the Dolphins who took it to the Raiders and won 33-21 in the "Black Hole". Apparently the Dolphins weren't looking ahead to next season as many people criticized Nick Saban for doing in a press conference earlier in the week.

The Raiders missed Warren Sapp up front and the Dolphins were able to mount 394 yards of total offense. Combine that with the seven sacks by the Dolphins defense, including one by Jason Taylor for what looked like a "text book" safety, and the Raiders were never really in the game. Taylor had three sacks on the afternoon, as did teammate Vonnie Holliday. Taylor also forced a fumble, one of three turnovers committed by Oakland.

LaMont Jordan had 97 yards on the ground and he is now closing in on 1300 total yards for the season rushing and receiving. Jordan had two of Oakland's touchdowns. Kerry Collins had the other one when he was forced to scramble towards the end zone. Randy Moss caught only three balls on the afternoon and he has yet to fully get involved in what was supposed to be the Raiders high-octane offense.

The Raiders will travel to San Diego for the nationally televised game on ESPN Sunday evening at 5:30 PST where they are starring their eighth loss in the face.

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