A visual roundup of how the AFC West fared in Week 9.
Week 9 was a rough one for the AFC West. Each team in the division lost by a margin of three points, save for the Chiefs, who had a bye. The Broncos lost their first game of the season, the Raiders were unable to pull out a win against the Steelers to close ground on Denver and the Chargers dropped a close game against the Bears on Monday Night Football as they fell further in the standings.
1. Denver Broncos (7-1)
Last outing: L 27-24 at Indianapolis (4-5)
Standouts:** The Broncos showed resiliency again by battling back from a double-digit deficit, but the Colts forced a late turnover and held on for the victory. Tight end Owen Daniels stood out with 102 receiving yards and a touchdown, safety Omar Bolden took his first career punt return to the house for a touchdown and linebacker Danny Trevathan totaled 19 tackles (six solo, 13 assisted).
Up next: Denver will look to get back on track at home as they host the Chiefs (3-5).
- Ben Swanson
2. Oakland Raiders (4-4)
Last outing: L 38-35 at Pittsburgh (5-4)
Standouts: Despite quarterback Derek Carr tossing four touchdowns and wide receiver Michael Crabtree's 108 receiving yards, the Raiders were unable to slow down the Steeler's stunning offense (597 offensive yards). Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper tallied 88 receiving yards, while running back Latavius Murray rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries.
Up next: The Raiders will look to improve above .500 when they host the rising Minnesota Vikings (6-2).
- Allie Raymond
3. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5)
Last outing: Bye in Week 9
Standouts: The Chiefs rode a two-game winning streak into the bye in Week 9, with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce both on pace to go over 1,000 receiving yards this season. The Chiefs' defense has also seen an uptick in production after collecting five turnovers and 8 sacks in the past two games.
Up next: Kansas City heads west to take on the Denver Broncos (7-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in hopes of avenging the Broncos' walk-off win in Week 2.
* - Allie Raymond*
4. San Diego Chargers (2-7)
Last outing:L 22-19 vs. Bears (3-5)
Standouts: San Diego suffered its fifth straight loss on Monday night, and as injuries mount, they've fallen to the bottom of the AFC West. And of those five losses in five weeks, they've come by an average of five points. The Chargers can keep games close, but they haven't been able to make plays late to get out of the loss column. In this one, QB Philip Rivers passed for 280 yards, RB Danny Woodhead had 111 yards from scrimmage and CB Jason Verrett returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown.
Up next: The Chargers have a bye this week and will return in Week 11 to face in-division rival Kansas City (3-5).
- Ben Swanson