AFC West areas of improvement

November, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is one area each AFC West team needs to improve upon from the last game.

Denver
Time of possession:
The Broncos were very efficient against Atlanta in their 24-20 win on Sunday. The problem was they didn't hold the ball very long. Denver had the ball 26 minutes, 18 seconds compared to Atlanta's 33 minutes and 42 seconds. Yes, Denver took advantage of the time, but this explosive offense needs to keep the ball in its hands more. Oakland has the ability to control the ball with a sound running game and a solid defense. If Denver can find a way to keep the ball, it should be fine against the 2-8 Raiders.

Kansas City
Finish drives:
Kansas City lost to New Orleans, 30-20, Sunday but could have won the game in two spots. Kansas City had to settle for two very short field goals. The Chiefs cruised down the field without problems stalled near the goal line. These red zone issues have to stop for Kansas City. Overall, this team is not good enough to survive living off field goals. The Chiefs have to reach the end zone Sunday against Buffalo.

Oakland
Reach the end zone:
The Raiders' inability to score a touchdown on offense has become an emergency situation. Oakland has gone three straight without scoring a touchdown. Before the streak, Oakland scored one touchdown on offense in two straight games and didn't score a touchdown the game before. Yes, this is a season-long issue. But it's getting really bad for Oakland, which is scored just 50 points in its last six games. If Oakland has any chance of winning at Denver, its offense has to reach the end zone.

San Diego
Close games:
The Chargers need to learn to close. The loss at Pittsburgh last week came in the final minute. Three of San Diego six defeats this year have come in the last minute. If the Chargers have the lead against the Colts on Sunday night late, the defense has to find a way to stop the Indianapolis offense. If the Chargers don't make the playoffs this year, which appears to be a real possibility at this juncture, their inability to close out games will be a top reason why.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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