AFC West Beat: Denver Wins While SD Welcomes McElroy to the NFL

By Daniel Hutchinson
December 24, 2012 11:54 am
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Broncos Week 16 in the AFC West was a good one as Denver tried to hold on to their second seed placement in the playoffs, while San Diego defense welcomed the Jets' Greg McElroy to the NFL.

And Oakland tried to find the end zone as Kansas City tried to stop Indianapolis from clinching a spot in the playoffs.  

This article will recap all the action from Week 16 in the West.

Cleveland @ Denver

Denver keeps on rolling and have now won 10 straight games, and have outscored opponents 125-65 in their last four games.

Denver outscored Cleveland 14-3 in the first half, as Peyton Manning threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Moore and a 10-yard pass to Eric Decker. Denver would score four more times in the second half, scoring on an eight-yard touchdown pass to Decker, a one-yard touchdown run by Jacob Hester, and two Matt Prater field goals.

Cleveland score on another field goal and a six-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy to Greg Little (two-point conversion no good), making the final score 34-12.

In addition to his three touchdown passes, Manning completed 70 percent of his passes and threw for 339 yards. In the running game Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman combined for 28 carries and 113 yards.

The top three receivers for Denver in this game were Demaryius Thomas who had nine receptions, 102 receiving yards and a touchdown; Jacob Tamme who had two receptions and 69 receiving yards; and Eric Decker who had six receptions, 65 yards and two touchdowns.

Denver's defense played well holding Cleveland to 233 total yards, while also accumulating six sacks and a fumble recovery.   

Denver will finish their season at home against Kansas City. Denver is still fighting to hold on to the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, as a win for Denver or a New England loss will secure a bye week and home games in the playoffs.

With Denver and New England both scheduled to play at 4:25 on Sunday, it would not be surprising if the first team played long enough in Week 17 to secure the win over the Chiefs.  

San Diego @ New York Jets

San Diego's defense gave New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy a welcoming party that he will not soon forget. The Chargers defense picked off McElroy once, caused him to lose a fumble, and sacked him 11 times for a total loss of 71 yards.

The defense also held the Jets to 69 rushing yards, but did allow Shonn Greene to score two one-yard rushing touchdowns.

On offense for San Diego, quarterback Philip Rivers only completed 50 percent of his passes but did manage to pass for 165 yards, and two touchdowns, one was a 37-yard pass to Danario Alexander and the other was a 34-yard pass to Antonio Gates.

With Ryan Mathews out at the running back position, Jackie Battle got the bulk of the carries, rushing for 49 yards on 19 carries, however, Ronnie Brown also contributed 31 yards on five carries.

After not making a catch last week against Carolina, Danario Alexander had three catches for 69 yards and the touchdown. San Diego's other two leading receivers, Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal, combined for five receptions, 83 receiving yards and the touchdown by Gates.

This was the Chargers second win in three weeks, but with a 6-9 overall record, the wins are probably not enough to save the job of Norv Turner and Philip Rivers.

 

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