It was a weird week in the AFC West. The team with three interceptions and an offense that is more frustrating to watch than a Presidential debate won. The team with over 500 yards passing lost.
The Broncos now have a four-game lead in the AFC West six weeks into the season. That means they could lose four straight games, and as long as the Chargers and Raiders lost one game in that span, the Broncos would still be in first place in the division.
Next week brings the San Diego Chargers' first division game, against the Oakland Raiders. However, I believe the most important games in the AFC West will be the two Broncos-Chargers games near the end of the season. It would take an epic collapse for the Broncos to not come out on top of the AFC West - but stranger things have happened in the NFL. (See fake punt from the Colts - yikes!)
|San Diego Chargers||2||4||0||0-0||1-2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||5||0||0-1||1-2|
Broncos at Browns
Final score: 26-23
Recap: Another disappointing win for the Broncos . . .
You can take that sentence above any way you like it. I'm not even sure how I mean it.
I do know that disappointing wins > disappointing losses (see below).
Broncos injury concerns: Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder), Shane Ray (knee), Corey Nelson (knee)
Week 7 matchup: Bye (and then a home game against the Packers)
Chargers at Packers
Final score: 20-27
Recap: Here's a record no on really wants: most pass completions in an NFL loss. Congratulations Philip Rivers, it's all yours with 43 completed passes in the Chargers loss to the Packers. The Chargers kept this game close until the end which was impressive not only because the game was against the undefeated Packers, but also because it was played at Lambaeu Field.
The Packers defense struggled, but their pass rush did not. This will be a great game for Broncos coaches and players to watch during the bye week.
Chargers 1st round draft pick rookie running back Melvin Gordon was benched after fumbling the ball twice.
Chargers injury concerns: Keenan Allen (hip), Eric Weddle (groin), Jahleel Addae (back)
Week 7 matchup: Raiders @ Chargers
Chiefs at Vikings
Final score: 10-16
Recap: Neither team played very well in this game. The Chiefs gave up 95 yards just on penalties, and the loss of Jamaal Charles was definitely felt in this game. The Chiefs offense came alive in the second half, but the Vikings defense was up to the task of closing out the win for the home team.
Chiefs injury concerns: Mike DeVito (concussion), Jeremy Maclin (concussion)
Week 7 matchup: Steelers @ Chiefs
NOTE: the Oakland Raiders had their bye in Week 6
Week 7 predictions
Somehow all of my picks from last week were correct! Here are my picks for next week.
Broncos 6-0 (bye); Chiefs lose to Steelers to fall to 1-6. Chargers beat Raiders to move to 3-4 and drop Raiders to 2-4.
How do you think things will shake out in Week 7 in the AFC West? Let us know in the comments!