AFC West Update: Broncos Lead, But Chargers, Raiders Close Behind

October 31, 2012 7:00 AM

AFC West Update: Broncos Lead, But Chargers, Raiders Close Behind
By Rich Kurtzman

" What looked like a two-horse race for the AFC West two weeks ago has become a three-team battle for the division.

Through seven weeks of play, the standings look like this:

Denver (4-3) San Diego (3-4) Oakland (3-4) Kansas City (1-6)

The Broncos faced the NFL’s most difficult schedule in their first six games, and when Denver dismantled New Orleans on Sunday Night Football, they proved again they’re the best in the AFC West. Peyton Manning and his merry men went wild on the Saints’ sorry defense, putting up 17 points in each half and eventually winning 34-14. The offense was overwhelming as Manning was a maestro and they racked up 530 yards of total O on the day. But this game showcased Denver’s defense as well; they held the spectacular Saints’ offense to 14 points while forcing eight punts and intercepting Drew Brees once. It was an all-around great game for the Broncos and it was an important win, carrying their momentum from the 24-point comeback against the Chargers through the bye week to gain their second straight victory.

Speaking of San Diego, the Chargers are choking once again "

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