Welcome back to another AFC West Report. After attending the Monday night game, I’m definitely dragging today, and not just because it took 45 minutes to get out of the parking lot. I’m dragging because I don’t necessarily feel better about the Chiefs after their narrow victory over the New York Giants. However, all is not lost because a few other teams had worse weeks.
Let’s take a look around the AFC West and see who had the worst week…
Las Vegas Raiders
One would expect that a team on a bye would have a pretty good week. Record-wise, their week was fine. The Chargers lost and that team was their primary competition at the top of the standings. However, the bottom two, Broncos and Chiefs, won and moved up in the standings although it didn’t change the Raiders position.
Unfortunately, that’s where the good news stops. News broke on Tuesday that young wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a motor vehicle accident early Tuesday morning. As reports came out, it was noted that there was a fatality. Slowly, the news broke that Ruggs was the driver of the vehicle that appears to be at fault and was the driver of the vehicle that killed a 23-year-old. What is worse is that it appears Ruggs was impaired at the time of the collision.
What sort of punishment he might receive from the league, not to mention the legal system, is clearly undetermined, but from a football perspective, one cannot believe this doesn’t impact the team. We saw the impact of a coach at fault in a car accident with Britt Reid and how that hurt the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. It’s hard to believe this won’t hurt the Raiders.
Regardless, the message is clear: don’t drink and drive. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim.
Next week, the Raiders take on the Giants. The Giants are coming off a short week’s loss to the Chiefs while the Raiders are dealing with off-the-field issues. With the turmoil surrounding that and a new interim head coach, we’ll see if the Raiders band together or if we see their season begin to spiral.