Reviews and Previews – AFC West To The Chiefs?

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Dec 20, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs the offense against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

AFC West Week 15 Review

The Oakland Raiders managed to get themselves eliminated from the playoffs this last week against the Packers. No one really expected them to win but they did give the Pack more of a game than we expected. In fact, one could make the argument that if Derek Carr had not thrown the interceptions then the Raiders could have pulled off the upset. Carr is coming along but he needs to make better decisions for the Raiders to be taken seriously again.

The Chargers whipped a Miami team that just can’t decide which team it wants to be. It was a little touching to see the emotions on the players as they returned to the field after the game to sign autographs. They don’t think they’ll be back to Qualcomm.

Denver’s offense just can’t keep up with their defense. It helps that the Steelers have their three-headed monster in Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton. The secondary of Denver was torched in the second half which is as worrisome for the Broncos as the offense’s inability to score. The Manning or Osweiler discussion will heat up this week.

The Chiefs looked balanced but boring on Sunday in their win at Baltimore. If not for a ridiculously bad play on an obvious Hail Mary, the defense would have held the Ravens to seven points. The offense was pretty sad in this game. The Chiefs may have just been comfortable playing with the lead but only three offensive points in the second half is not good against a bad defense.

What I saw in this game:

  1. Marcus Peters is the defensive rookie of the year. There is no more arguing about it. He is just one interception off of the NFL lead.
  2. Travis Kelce had a bounce back game leading the team in receiving yards. I would like to see him get into the end zone more so we can get more dancing.
  3. The offensive line continues to have issues in pass protection and Jah Reid just got a contract extension. Not exactly a great move by John Dorsey there.
  4. Special teams is really hurting without DeAnthony Thomas. Lingering concussion symptoms is a scary thing for his future. The longer he is out the tougher it will be for him to come back at all.
  5. It’s been said but those pants on the Ravens were an absolutely awful decision.

AFC West Standings

Denver (10-4)

Kansas City (9-5)

Oakland (6-8)

San Diego (4-10)

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