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AFC West Wrap Up: Week 2 - Broncos and Raiders come away with victories

The Broncos are all alone on top of the AFC West this week.

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Week 2 in the AFC West brought us the first big division game. I can't remember how that one ended - can you remind me? And a Raiders team that doesn't look like a complete train wreck.


Team W L T Div Conf.
Denver Broncos 2 0 0 1-0 2-0
Kansas City Chiefs 1 1 0 0-1 1-1
San Diego Chargers 1 1 0 0-0 0-1
Oakland Raiders 1 1 0 0-0 1-1

Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs

Final Score: 31-24

Recap: This was really a crazy one. Manning looked totally off again, until he all of a sudden looked pretty great. Both defenses played just as well as everyone thought they would. Brandon McManus might be the best kicker in the NFL this season after getting cut from the team in 2014.

It's hard to know what the future holds for the Chiefs as they just can't seem to win important games (something the Broncos have also been accused of - because it's kind of true). One thing no one can dispute is that it was great to see Eric Berry being cheered by Chiefs fans in his first home game after his cancer diagnosis.

Both teams have back to back primetime away games in Week 3, but the Chiefs have a much bigger challenge than the Broncos. While the Broncos face the 0-2 Detroit Lions, who may not even have their quarterback Matthew Stafford after a rib injury, the Chiefs will face the red hot Green Bay Packers, who are still delighting in their victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Injury Concerns Broncos: No major injuries. Only in the NFL note: Brandon Marshall dislocated his finger knocking out the ball on the last play of the game - trainers popped it back in on the sidelines.

Injury Concerns Chiefs: No major injuries.

Week 2 Matchup Broncos: Broncos @ Lions (Sunday Night Football)

Week 2 Matchup Chiefs: Chiefs @ Packers (Monday Night Football)

San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals

Final Score: 19-24

Recap: Did the Bengals beat the Chargers, or did the Chargers beat themselves? If you're a Broncos fan you might not care as long as the Chargers lost.

However, the Chargers can easily bounce back from this loss. Melvin Gordon looks like he is going to have a great season, and as long as Philip Rivers is healthy the Chargers are going to be threat to the rest of the AFC West. Once the Chargers get back Antonio Gates, they might look a whole lot harder to beat. In Week 2 the Chargers just made too many mistakes to best the Bengals whose offense was firing on all cylinders.

Injury Concerns: No major injuries.

Week 2 Matchup: Chargers @ Vikings

Baltimore Ravens @ Oakland Raiders

Final Score: 33-37

Recap: Who saw this coming? There was a lot of talk (not on this blog of course) about the Raiders not completely sucking this season. It looked like that talk was dead wrong after Week 1, but the Raiders stunned everyone by besting the Ravens in Week 2. The Raiders had an injured quarterback, no pass rush, and a very sketchy secondary - and they still managed to win. Derek Carr had his best game ever, and overall the Raiders just looked like a team that wanted a win more than the Ravens.

Injury Concerns: No major injuries.

Week 2 Matchup: Raiders @ Browns

My predictions for Week 3

Broncos 3-0, Chiefs 1-2, Chargers 2-1, Raiders 2-1

How do you think things will shake out in Week 3 in the AFC West? Let us know in the comments!