There is a battle brewing in the AFC West. A battle that not anyone, except the most die-hard silver and black fan, would have predicted. The Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) are sitting at the top of the division, just like those who do preseason predictions thought they would be. Yet, sitting right behind them are the Oakland Raiders (6-4). With the Chiefs on a bye week, could the Raiders pull even this weekend, setting up a race for the finish line? Week 12 in the AFC West may set the pace for that race.
The Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football in Mexico City, putting them at 3-0 in the division. Both teams now have a desperately needed bye week. The Denver Broncos (3-7) are heading up to Buffalo to play the Bills (7-3), which with the way the Bills have been playing, will be a difficult task for the struggling Broncos.
About the author: Liz Bhandari is an NFL writer, podcaster, and blogger based out of Manchester, England. She is the host of the popular podcast @GridironWine and is the event planner for #NFLUKFanMeetUp events.
Last week, rumours circulated around the Los Angeles Chargers being linked with a move to London. It was very quickly denied by the owner, Dean Spanos who said he has no intention of moving the franchise to London despite reports of a potential relocation. The best part though was their social media team’s reaction and reference to the iconic scene in Wolf of Wall Street where Leonardo Di Caprio’s character Jordan Belfort tells the office, “I ain’t f****** leaving!”.
About the author: Brenda Lee is an advertising professional and local foodie with a background in marketing & journalism. Her passion for sports has led her to the sports radio industry appearing on local San Antonio sports radio shows such as The Ticket 760am, and Spurs React. She’s also contributed her sports takes on local podcasts and is gearing up to her host her own sports podcast, The Main Dish w/Brenda Lee.
Jeff Bezos is the founder, president, and CEO of the ever-popular website Amazon.com, and he wants to go shopping.
He is looking for his next big purchase and his eyes are locked in on an NFL team. Bezos, whose net worth is $112 billion dollars, looks to position himself as the richest owner in the NFL.
There are only a handful of NFL teams that are up for sale, but as we all know from a business perspective, money talks and essentially everything is for sale. The question is, which of the 32 teams are most likely to be on Bezos’ hit list?
The Los Angeles Chargers (4-5) took a short trip up the coast to face the Oakland Raiders (4-4) for Thursday Night Football. While both teams will tell you that it is just another game, the loser of this match up faces a serious uphill climb to stay in the playoff race.
These teams know each other well. The divisional match up has brought Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to more times than we care to count, but this is a different Raiders team. While the Chargers have struggled this year, this game was going to be a test for the normally dominant Chargers.
The trade deadline has passed, and it was pretty uneventful. Yes, there were a few trades in the week leading up, but, as it often does, it ended up being a lot of rumors and wishful thinking. What this week has brought, however, is a handful of odd stories that have many shaking their heads.
Let’s start with Tom Brady. Brady, the 42yr old, future Hall of Fame, current Patriots quarterback, has never played for another team and truly no one could imagine him doing so. Until this week. I think it started with Jason La Canfora’s article saying Brady has an interest in playing for the Los Angeles Chargers next year if he’s not in New England. It snowballed after that, with fans and media grabbing the idea and running with it.
I’m not sure how it happened, but it has. We have reached the midpoint of the 2019 NFL season. The year is flying by so let’s take a few minutes to check in on the AFC West and their quarterbacks.
It has been a rollercoaster in the West, to say the least. For some teams, early season promise has turned into concern. For others, they never even got out of the gate. The media likes to put wins and losses on the shoulders of two people- the coach, and the QB. While in reality, that isn’t always where the fault lies, the quarterbacks of the AFC West are taking the punch.
The Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) are obviously not where they want to be. Many of us, and yes I’m including myself in this, thought it would be the Chargers who would battle the Kansas City Chiefs for the division. While they squeaked out a win against the Chicago Bears yesterday, not many feel the Chargers are a threat.
The AFC West proved surprising in week 5, with one divisional matchup, a London game, and a Sunday Night Football showcase. At the end of the week, Kansas City is still holding the top spot with room to spare, but they showed some vulnerability, and now there is a battle for position in the rest of the division.
The Oakland Raiders beat the Chicago Bears in London, 24-21, in what was a surprise of a game for many. While we knew the Raiders had a solid team, they are beginning to look more and more like a very good team.
The winless Broncos headed to Los Angeles to play the Chargers and came out with a win, 20-13.
The Kansas City Chiefs played the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, which many perceived to be a cakewalk for the undefeated team, but it turned out to be a fantastic battle with the Colts winning 19-13.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has ended his hold-out. The star running back reportedly told sources he expected to be back in week 5, however he decided to end his hold-out 3 days before the Chargers are scheduled to play the Miami Dolphins.
Couldn’t say many blame him. The Dolphins have been outscored by 117 points in their last 3 outings. The Chargers are coming off two consecutive losses and in need of a boost. The return of Gordon and a very favorable match-up could be just what the Chargers needed.
Earlier in the week when reports surfaced about the possibility of Gordon ending his hold out. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was asked about Gordon’s return and whether they were prepared for him. Flores said they were ready.
While we know that the Kansas City Chiefs are exactly who we all thought they would be this year, it’s fair to say the rest of the division is a bit of a question mark. Many had the Chargers keeping pace with the Chiefs, which they still may, and the Raiders possibly competing too.
My fellow Our Turf writers and I have often commented that you don’t really know who a team is until week 4 through 6 on the season. For the AFC West, week 4 could bring a lot of clarity for fans, and give them an idea of who their team will be this year.
It was an up and down day for the AFC West. All four teams had very tough opponents, a lot on the line, and it showed in the games.
The Kansas City Chiefs were the only undefeated team in the AFC West, the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders had split the first two games, and the Denver Broncos were still looking for their first win of the 2019 season.
What would week 3 bring for the AFC West? Well, it was a rollercoaster for sure. One with expected losses, expected wins, and two games that were fantastic down to the last minute!