AFC West Update: Raiders Can Play Spoiler For Chiefs' Division Hopes


The Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers in overtime 23-20, sweeping their series over the Bolts for the time since 2010 and improving their record to 7-8 in the process.

With the win, their quest for a .500 record remains in play heading into the regular season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs, whose aspirations to win the AFC West took a hit last night as a result of the Broncos win, still have an outside shot at winning the division, but they need to beat the Silver and Black and hope that Denver loses to the Chargers.

There is a lot still in play entering Week 17, so let's take a few minutes to get you caught up with what's happening around the rest of the AFC West.



After falling behind 14-0 early to the Cincinnati Bengals, Brock Osweiler and the Broncos came back and won in overtime 20-17, clinching a fifth-consecutive playoff appearance with the victory.

Osweiler threw for 299 yards and a touchdown, and C.J. Anderson added 73 yards on the ground en route to the Broncos 11th win of the 2015 campaign.

However, as a result of the Chiefs win, the Broncos still have not secured the AFC West title and need to beat the Chargers at home to become division champs.

Kickoff against the Bolts is scheduled for 1:25 pm at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.



With their 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs have now won nine games in a row to improve their record to 10-5.

As a result of their impressive winning streak, the Chiefs have now secured a playoff berth. However, Andy Reid's team still has their sights set on winning the AFC West.

However, the Chiefs will need a little help from the Chargers, and will have to beat the Raiders at home Sunday to ensure they win the division.

That being said, Head Coach Jack Del Rio is approaching Sunday's matchup just like any other game.

"Kansas City is next, it's our next opportunity," said Head Coach Del Rio. "We want to play well. For us, it's about winning. You get these opportunities to go compete and our guys have been great about remaining steadfast. We'll continue to work hard and believing in what we're doing here and we're just going to keep doing it."

Kickoff for the Week 17 matchup between the Chiefs and Raiders was flexed by the NFL, so kickoff will now be at 1:25 pm.



The Chargers just didn't have enough in the tank to hold off the Raiders Thursday night at Coliseum in what served as Charles Woodson's final home game in Silver and Black. After taking a lead into the fourth quarter, quarterback Derek Carr engineered a comeback bid that gave the Raiders the lead. However, the Chargers forced overtime and a Sebastian Janikowski-field goal proved to be the difference in the win for the Raiders.

With the loss, the Chargers now drop to 4-11 on the year, but the loss on the field was not the only loss they suffered, as they placed safety Eric Weddle on Injured Reserve Monday.

As a result of the designation, Weddle will not play in the team's final game of 2015, a road tilt with the Denver Broncos.

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