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AFC West Rundown: Week 3


Week 3: Lost 26-20 (OT) at Seattle Seahawks

How it happened: A slow start that included a fumble on the first offensive play put the Broncos in a 17-3 hole by halftime. The Broncos erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit with big plays on defense and an 80-yard, 41-second touchdown drive in the final minute, capped by a two-point conversion. However, the Seahawks won the coin toss to open overtime and finished the game with a touchdown on the opening possession.

It was over when: Marshawn Lynch dove over Aqib Talib and into the end zone for the game-winning score.

Key performer: Emmanuel Sanders picked up 149 yards receiving on 11 catches and now leads the NFL in receptions for the season.

Between the hashmarks:

-Von Miller gave Seattle's offense fits all day, recording a sack and eight hurries on 35 pass rushes in addition to four run stops, according to Pro Football Focus.

-The Broncos' defense kept Percy Harvin contained, allowing just 42 yards on Harvin's seven catches and only 13 yards on his lone kickoff return.

What's next: The Broncos have a Week 3 bye before hosting the 3-0 Cardinals -- who also have a bye this week -- in Week 5.


Week 3: Won 34-15 at Miami Dolphins

How it happened: After a scoreless first quarter, the Chiefs opened up a 14-3 lead at halftime on touchdowns from Knile Davis and Travis Kelce. The Dolphins trimmed the lead to four early in the second half, but KC's offense scored three more touchdowns and the defense allowed just five first downs in the Dolphins' last seven series to clinch the Chiefs' first win of the season.

It was over when: Dontari Poe stuffed Lamar Miller on fourth-and-1 from Miami's 37-yard line with 2:05 remaining and the Dolphins trailing 27-15.

Key performer: Joe McKnight, who had never scored an offensive touchdown, caught two TDs from Alex Smith.

Between the hashmarks:

-Knile Davis started for the injured Jamaal Charles and carried 32 times for 132 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown.

-After a quiet start to the season, Poe had four tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pass deflection in addition to his fourth-down stop.

What's next: The Chiefs will have an extra day of rest this week, as they will host the Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 4.


Week 3: Lost 16-9 at New England Patriots

How it happened: It was a battle of the -kowskis in Foxborough as kickers Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostkowski traded field goals, while the lone touchdown of the game was scored by Rob Gronkowski. Neither team gained more than 300 yards or averaged more than 4.3 yards per play, but the Patriots outlasted the Raiders late.

It was over when: Rookie quarterback Derek Carr had his pass dropped by Denarius Moore, deflected off Logan Ryan's helmet and intercepted by Vince Wilfork, ending a seven play, 50-yard march to the Patriots 12-yard line in the final minutes.

Key performer: Former Giant Justin Tuck helped harrass Tom Brady all game long, picking up three quarterback hits and a sack.

Between the hashmarks:

-Wilfork's interception was the lone turnover in a game that was filled with punts and field goal attempts.

-Janikowski had not yet attempted a field goal in 2014 until Sunday, but was perfect on his three attempts.

What's next: The Raiders will return home to host the 1-2 Dolphins.


Week 3: Won 22-10 at Buffalo Bills

How it happened: The Chargers' offense put together four scoring drives of at least 61 yards in the first three quarters to build a 20-3 lead. The defense shut the door in the fourth quarter, forcing two punts, two failed fourth-down attempts and a safety.

It was over when: E.J. Manuel was penalized for intentional grounding in his own end zone. The safety gave San Diego possession of the ball and a 22-10 lead with 3:23 remaining in the game.

Key performer: Against a tough Buffalo defense, Philip Rivers was careful and efficient with the ball, throwing for 256 yards and two touchdowns with a 131.4 rating.

Between the hashmarks:

-Former Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal scored two touchdowns on four catches.

-The Chargers punted five times in the fourth quarter, with the final four of those coming after three-and-outs.

What's next: The Chargers return home to host the 0-3 Jaguars, who are coming off of a 44-17 defeat to the Colts.

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