Week 14 in the AFC West featured the Denver Broncos continuing to play well while one of the bottom three scored an surprising win over a potential playoff team. This article will catch you up on all the action.
Denver @ Oakland
This game represented two franchises heading in opposite directions. The Denver Broncos are on the winning path that is leading them to the playoffs while the Oakland Raiders are on a losing road that ends in heartbreak and disappointment.
Denver scored three times in the first half of this game for a total of 13 points compared to Oakland who only managed seven first half points. In the second half the Broncos outscored the Raiders 13-6 and went on win the game 26-13.
Peyton Manning passed for over 300 for the seventh time this season while continuing his streak of throwing at least one touchdown in every game this season. Overall, Manning had 26 completions, 310 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Running back Knowshon Moreno had his highest number of carries and yards with 32 and 119 respectively, while scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season.
Receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker continued their great seasons as the two combined for 13 receptions, and 171 yards. Tight-end Joel Dreessen was responsible for Denver lone receiving touchdown.
For Oakland, Carson Palmer finished the game with a 63 percent pass completion rate, while throwing for 273 yards, two touchdowns, and his 14th interception of the season. Running back Darren McFadden saw playing time but continued to be unimpressive managing 52 yards on 11 rushing attempts, and 12 yards on two pass receptions but did add a receiving touchdown.
Receiver Rod Streater was the leading receiver in the game with 100 yards which he accumulated on four receptions. Fellow receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had a good game as he contributed 82 receiving yards and Oakland’s other receiving touchdown.
With the win Denver cruises to their eighth straight win and a 10-3 overall record. With the loss Oakland has loss their last six games, and currently have a 3-10 overall record.
Kansas City @ Cleveland
A week removed from a tragedy that claimed the lives of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend and a surprising win over the Carolina Panthers, the Chiefs in the midst of their continued grief and healing were again in action as they took on the Cleveland Browns.
As much as the NFL enjoyed the feel good story last week of Kansas City winning in the face of adversity and tragedy, the story would not be repeated this week as the Cleveland Browns pummeled the Chiefs in week 14.
Kansas City would score extremely early in the game on an 80-yard touchdown run by running back Jamaal Charles, but then gave up 30 unanswered points and lost the game 30-7.
Quarterback Brady Quinn continued his streak as one of the worse quarterbacks of all time, as he only completed 10 passes in the game, for 159 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. Not helping Quinn’s situation was the fact that he was sacked five times for a total loss of 29 yards.
Despite, losing the game running back Jamaal Charles had a good game finishing with 165 rushing yards on 18 carries, and the aforementioned touchdown. Receivers Dwayne Bowe and Terrance Copper had a combined five receptions on five targets for 102 yards.
In addition to giving up 23 points, Kansas City’s defense gave up 19 first downs, 352 total yards, gave up two red zone touchdowns, and failed to force a turnover.
With the loss Kansas City falls to 2-11 on the season, and will travel to play the Oakland Raiders next week.
San Diego @ Pittsburgh
San Diego outscored Pittsburgh 27-3 in the first three and a half quarters of the game, and despite a late Steelers offensive flurry the Chargers hung on to win 34-24.
The big downfall for Pittsburgh in this game was turnovers. In the third quarter San Diego’s Quentin Jammer recovered a Ben Roethlisberger fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter Roethlisberger threw an interception that San Diego would turn into seven more points.
San Diego’s Philip Rivers had a good game for a change as he completed 21 passes, while throwing for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Danario Alexander continued his impressive season as he racked up another 88 yards on seven receptions while scoring touchdowns on passes of 39 yards and 15 yards.
With the win the Chargers move to 5-8 but still are unlikely to make the playoffs.