Starting with your very own Oakland Raiders, they put up a valiant effort against the last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t pretty, but the Raiders’ gutty performance tells me they could very well make a run during the next three weeks that gets them back to .500. They’ll play three very winnable games against, starting Sunday against Jacksonville. They’ll follow that up with a visit to Kansas City and another home stand, this time against Tampa Bay. Barring injuries and assuming the Raiders put forth the same effort they did against Pittsburgh and Atlanta, I see no reason that Oakland cannot be sitting at 4-4 when they visit Baltimore in week 10.
I’m not sure how many wheels the Kansas City wagon has, but they continue to fall off for the Chiefs this season. After getting blown out by a less than average Tampa Bay squad this past weekend, I’ll be shocked if Romeo Crennel has a job come November. Injuries, an underachieving defense and substandard quarterback play have ruined the first have of the season in Kansas City. Jamaal Charles has been the only real bright spot for the Chiefs this season. I expect big changes in 2013 for this squad, starting with coach and quarterback.
I’ve figured out what Philip Rivers’ problem is. He’s not injured, he just doesn’t have any talent or familiarity are the receiver position. The way he throws the football requires he and his receivers to be on the same page as far as timing goes. If not, it’s pick city, which has been the case this year. Monday Night’s loss was the kind that changes a franchise. Norv Turner watch his Chargers blow yet another lead, and his starting quarterback brushed him off on national TV following one of his four interceptions.
On the flip side of the Monday Night game is the Denver Broncos. They used the contest to establish themselves as the team to beat in the division. The is now team, from coach to quarterback right down to towel boy that is more complete in the AFC West. Peyton Manning has looked more comfortable every week and his receivers appear to be picking up his language. Defensively, the Denver pass-rush is back, led by the electric Von Miller. They may only finish 9-7, but that should be enough to get them to the postseason tournament. If they qualify, watch out.
There is only one AFC West game this week.
Prediction: Oakland 27, Jacksonville 14