The 2012 season is trucking along and Denver continues to win while Oakland, San Diego, and Kansas City continue to be unimpressive. This article will recap this weekend’s games from the AFC West.
Denver @ KC
Despite a stunning start to the game in which Kansas City held a slim lead throughout most of the first half, Denver narrowly beat the Chiefs.
In the first half, Kansas City scored field goals on their first two possessions and after a missed field goal and an interception thrown by Denver, the Chiefs were winning 6-0 late into the second quarter. However, with around 20 seconds left in the second half, Denver scored on a Peyton Manning touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme.
After a second missed field goal by Denver, another field goal by Kansas City gave them a 9-7 lead early in the third quarter. However, on the next drive Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a 30-yard touchdown pass which led to Denver gaining a 14-9 advantage. Then late in the fourth quarter Denver finally made a field goal which ended the game with a score of 17-9.
For Kansas City, things are going from bad to worse, as the team has failed to score a touchdown in their past 11 quarters of play and have given away the ball 31 times this season.
Kansas City’s quarterback Brady Quinn finished the game with a 52 percent completion rate, having thrown for only 126 yards and an interception. Receiver Dwayne Bowe was targeted 12 times but only had two receptions for 45 yards, and despite breaking the 100-yard mark Jamaal Charles did little to help Kansas City’s offense.
Despite leading Denver to the win, Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense had an off day against the Chiefs. Manning finished the game with a 59 percent completion rate, throwing for only 285 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Knowshon Moreno who got the start at running back got only 85 yards on 20 attempts. Demaryius Thomas finished the game with four receptions and 82 yards, but was targeted eight times.
With the win Denver Broncos have now won six straight games and are still comfortably in first place in the AFC West. With the loss Kansas City continues in their disparity and are now 1-10.
Oakland @ Cincinnati
Oakland’s Carson Palmer made his first trip back to Cincinnati since he “quit” being the quarterback for the Bengals. After today’s game against his former team, Palmer is hoping to never make the trip again.
Palmer had one of his worst games of the 2012 season, completing only 19 passes on 34 attempts, having a lowly 146 passing yards, with only one touchdown, a fumble loss and his 12th interception of the season.
The rest of the offense didn’t help Palmer, as Marcel Reece had only 74 rushing yards, while fullback Jeremy Stewart and tight-end Brandon Myers had only 36 yards each, while Denarius Moore’s touchdown reception was his only reception of the game and was good for only 20 yards.
Oakland’s defense gave up 34 points, 415 total yards, allowed Cincinnati to score four touchdowns on five Bengals trips to the red zone, and failed to force a turnover.
With the 34-10, loss Oakland falls to 3-8 and continue to be one of the biggest embarrassments of the NFL.
Baltimore @ San Diego
The San Diego Chargers played decently in the first half, scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Malcolm Floyd, and on a 47-yard field goal, to have a 10-0 advantage at halftime. However, in the second half San Diego was outscored 13-3 which sent the game into overtime.
In the extra period, each team traded punts on their first possession, and then on their second possession the Chargers punted again while Baltimore on their second possession moved down the field and kicked a field goal which gave them the 16-13 win.
Rivers had a decent game as he threw for 228 yards, a touchdown and for only the third time this season did not throw an interception. Ryan Matthew had a fair game as he rushed for 72 yards on 19 attempts. Receiver Danario Brown continued to do well for San Diego, as he accumulated 74 yards on five receptions.
On defense, the Chargers still struggled to defend the pass, as they allowed Baltimore to gain 316 yards, 19 first downs, and a touchdown through the air.
With the loss San Diego’s overall record is 4-7 and are 1-6 in their last seven games.