‘Fire McDaniels’ now is a cry that rings out from all of Raider Nation after Vegas drops a brutal one in Chicago, the Denver Broncos get a much-needed (or the opposite of that, depending on who you talk to), and Justin Herbert continues to be as un-clutch as ever.
Let’s take a look at what went down in the AFC West this week.
AFC West Standings
|Kansas City Chiefs||8||4||0||3-1||6-1|
|Los Angeles Chargers||5||7||0||1-1||3-4|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||7||0||1-2||3-5|
Green Bay Packers @ Denver Broncos
Final score: 17-19
Recap: On Sunday the Broncos were able to snap a couple of streaks. They were finally able to break their 10-game streak of losing games when leading at halftime and they were also able to break their 3-game home losing streak while improving to an 8-1 record against the Packers when playing in Denver. And they did all of this in what is deemed a pretty boring game by most people who watched.
But with that being said, this was probably the most complimentary football the team has played all year. The defense was able to get off the field a lot more often than they usually are able to, holding Green Bay to just 6-14 on 3rd down. And the receiving corps was able to get open and put up some respectable numbers. And then you had the running back trio of Javonte Williams, Samaje Perine, and Jaleel McLaughlin combining for 183 total yards.
Injury concerns: Nothing new to report.
Las Vegas Raiders @ Chicago Bears
Final score: 30-12
Recap: While the Raiders have looked decent at times this season, that certainly was not the case on Sunday when they were handed a big-time loss to a team that was led by a Division II rookie quarterback. And while Tyson Bagnet deserved many of the headlines he received, the Bears would not have gotten much done if it wasn’t for the performance of a resurging D’Onta Foreman, who finished the game with three total touchdowns.
Offensively, the Raiders couldn’t do anything right against a Bears defense that was giving up nearly 30 points per game until Sunday. Brian Hoyer threw two interceptions before being yanked from the game after his second interception was returned for a 39-yard pick-six. McDaniels would then throw rookie quarterback Aiden O’Connell into the game. Something McDaniels could’ve done when the win was still in reach, but he decided against that.
There is now a movement, seemingly larger than ever, among the Raiders fan base that is calling for McDaniels to be fired. This is a desire that has been building for a handful of weeks now, but it may be coming to a head. It took their fans long enough to realize how horrible McDaniels is for any franchise that wants success.
Injury concerns: LB Divine Deablo injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Final score: 17-31
Recap: This game looked like it was going to be great. In fact, it was for the first half. The Chargers and Chiefs traded scoring drives all the way until the 4th quarter, where Kansas City was finally able to put up consecutive scores. And it was a close game too almost all the way through.
The Chargers would tie the game up with seven minutes to go in the first half after a seven-yard TD pass from Herbert to Gerald Everett that capped off an excellent 5-play, 75-yard drive. But when the Chiefs responded with a 6-play, 96-yard drive that was finished with a Kelce TD, that was pretty much the end of the game.
The Chargers were unable to do anything right offensively in the second half as they would punt the ball three times (all three were on three-and-outs), and Justin Herbert would throw two very costly interceptions. One came on a 3rd and goal at the Kansas City six-yard line, and the other with 1:16 to go in the game when Herbert would be picked off at the Kansas City 22-yard line. Herbert now sits at 28 career losses, the most of any active quarterback since Herbert was drafted in 2020.
Injury concerns: RB Austin Ekeler was hampered by a lower-body injury in the 2nd quarter but returned to the game the drive after.
LB Nick Bolton will miss about two months after undergoing surgery on his dislocated wrist, an injury he suffered against the Chargers.
Week 8 Matchup: Los Angeles Chargers vs Chicago Bears
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
Week 8 Predictions
I now sit at 16-10 on the season after the Broncos defied the odds and won a game of football and after the Raiders earned one of the most embarrassing losses of the year. At least the Chargers are always there to make me right.
This week I’ll take the Chiefs over the Broncos, the Lions over the Bears, and the Chargers over the Bears. Drop your picks in the comments!