Nov 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Latimer (14) against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
What a week for the NFL with upsets across the board. While many betting lines were close this week along with scores, one game stood out as a surprising blowout. The Kansas City Chiefs stormed into San Diego on a three-game win streak and bullied the Chargers en route to a 33-3 victory.
The Chiefs continue to play dominant defense and mistake-free offense which mixes nicely for a winning recipe. So now with the Chiefs back to .500, lets take a look around the league at how the rest of the games finished and how the Chiefs are faring along their path to the postseason.
As always we want to take a look at how the rest of the AFC west played first as believe it or not, the race for the division is not over with a putrid Broncos’ offense. Speaking of Denver, they traveled to windy Chicago for an early game and Brock Osweiler’s first start. Last week, I predicted that the Broncos would win this game and they were able to get enough stops of Cutler and the Bears to pull it out.
Brock played well within himself and managed the game in a way that would make Alex Smith take notice. The Denver fans here in Colorado can’t stop talking about it. Any football fan knows that Denver just needs its offense to hold onto the ball and the defense will win games. Denver head coach Gary Kubiak seems to have caught Brock-fever as well, naming Osweiler the starter indefinitely.
I would pump the brakes here though as the Bears were able to sack Osweiler five times and hold the offense to 17 points. The Bears also had several chances to put points on the board in the red zone but bizarre play-calling played right into the Broncos’ hands.
Is it me, or are Raiders’ fans all coming out of everywhere lately, dusting off the old silver and black jerseys, donning the creepy costumes, and invading your personal space saying, “Just win baby!” Ugh.
Imagine my joy when the two win Detroit Lions handed Oakland a second straight loss on Sunday. For the first time all season, the Raiders’ offense struggled to move the ball. Derek Carr was held to his lowest yardage and passer rating since Week 1 against Cincinnati. I would not call the Lions’ defense world-beaters (the Chiefs put up 45 on them in London) but I would be concerned with the absolute lack of a run game for the Raiders.
This is a well-coached team and Carr is a good quarterback that had a bad game but it is encouraging to see a very vulnerable Raiders offensive line.
All of our readers here at Arrowhead Addict know what happened in San Diego already, but here are a few things I think they should know. First, Philip Rivers’ 178 yards on Sunday was his lowest against Kansas City since 2007 and is the third-lowest in his entire career against the Chiefs.
Second, we all like to point out that Alex Smith throws behind the line of scrimmage more often on third down than any other quarterback but he took some shots downfield in this game that receivers, particularly Travis Kelce, just flat out dropped.
Third, if you get a chance to re-watch this game then focus on Chiefs’ strong safety Eric Berry. Berry made some incredible plays with sure tackling and quick moves. None of his plays were particularly flashy but he is definitely back to form.
Next: Looking around the rest of the AFC