Week 5 stand outs in the AFC West

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

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.

Looking at the weekend, there were a few players that really stood out in the AFC West, both in the wins and the defeats. While there are obvious stars, some were players who have been flying under the radar of most fans. But there is a common denominator in all of these games and players… the run game.

RB Josh Jacobs

For the Raiders in London, it was all about the run game and running back Josh Jacobs. Jacobs has 23 rushing attempts and averaged almost 5 yards a carry. He was also responsible for 2 of the 3 touchdowns. Jacobs has been hot and cold throughout the season, but the last two games he has been very impressive. He has broken the Raiders record, previously held by Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, for the most rushing yards by a rookie through the first 5 games of a season, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

RB Phillip Lindsay

The Broncos outran the Chargers 191 yards to 35 yards, and it made the difference in this game. Lindsay alone had 114 of those yards on 15 carries, scoring a touchdown, and averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Lindsay is also a threat in the receiving game. He had 4 catches for 33 yards. In just his second year in the league, Lindsay has done nothing but impress and looks like he will continue to shine.


WR Byron Pringle

For both the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, the run game was their biggest obstacle, and one they couldn’t overcome. However, at least for the Chiefs, there was one player that continues to stand out: wide receiver Byron Pringle. He had 103 yards on just 6 catches and scored the lone touchdown for Kansas City. The 2nd year player, who went undrafted out of Kansas State, stepped up in the absence of WRs Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, who went out with a hamstring issue. If the injuries to the star wide receivers continue to be a problem, I think Chiefs fans can count on Pringle to keep showing up.


The current standings in the division are:

 

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