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AFC West Update: Broncos Keep Winning, Jamaal Charles Tears ACL


The Oakland Raiders have dropped back-to-back games and currently hold a record of 2-3 as they head into their bye week.

After resting and recuperating this weekend, they return to the field next Sunday to take on the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

While the Silver and Black may not play Sunday, there's still a lot going on around the division so let's catch you up on the happenings around the rest of the AFC West.



The Broncos returned to Denver Sunday night after beating the Raiders 16-10 at Coliseum.

Peyton Manning and co. have yet to lose a game and currently sit atop the division with an overall record of 5-0.

In years past, the Broncos have relied on their high-powered offense and simply outscored their opponents, but this year they also boast one of the best defensive units in the NFL, allowing just 278 yards per game.

Their next challenge comes this Sunday as they fly to Cleveland to take on the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.



Through five games, the Kansas City Chiefs are 1-4, but even more concerning than that, they've lost All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL.

During his time in Kansas City, Charles has become one of the most versatile and explosive running backs in the NFL, and losing him just over a quarter though the season is a huge blow to the Chiefs offense.

Whenever a player goes down due to injury, coaches constantly preach the "next man up," philosophy, but as Adam Teicher of writes, even the Chiefs aren’t sure how things will play out in Charles' absence.

The Chiefs fly to Minnesota to take on the Vikings this weekend, and will match up with the Silver and Black for the first time December 6 at Coliseum.



Similarly to the Silver and Black, the Chargers currently have a 2-3 record through five weeks.

They very well could be 3-2, after losing on the final play of the game Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Although the Chargers are under .500 heading into their matchup with the Green Bay Packers, one bright spot for the Bolts is the play of rookie running back Melvin Gordon.

Not only is he becoming a force in the backfield, as Ricky Henne of writes, he's now becoming a threat in the pass game.

The Raiders will get their first crack at the Chargers next Sunday as they come off the bye.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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