AFC West news and notes
December, 15, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Here are some random AFC West notes:
- According to ESPN's Stats & Information, the Chargers became the third team in NFL history to win two games by one point each against the same team in the same season. San Diego beat Kansas City 22-21 on Sunday and it beat the Chiefs 20-19 at home last month. The last time it happened was in 1986 when the Chiefs pulled the trick on the Chargers.
- Also from ESPN's Stats & Information: Sunday's loss was the first time Kansas City ever squandered an 18-point lead in the second half. It was the second time Kansas City lost an 18-point lead this season. It did it against Tampa Bay last month. Prior to this season, Kansas City blew only one 18-point lead in its history. It came in 2005 against Philadelphia.
- Congratulations to Chargers' running back LaDainian Tomlinson. He tied Marcus Allen with his 123rd rushing score on Sunday, which is second place in NFL history. He trails Emmitt Smith by 41 scores.
- Chris Mortensen's report on ESPN that Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is on the Oakland's radar makes great sense. He is a successful offensive coach and Raiders' owner Al Davis loves offensive coaches, especially ones with winning pedigrees. His last 11 head coaches were offensive-minded coaches. St, Louis interim coach Jim Haslett's name has also surfaced but he is a defense-first coach.
- The Chargers, who have put just four players on the injured reserve this season, will have a banged up Tampa Bay team Sunday in a game the Chargers have to win. Star linebacker Derrick Brooks may to play because of a rib injury. Buccaneers' coach Jon Gruden said Monday he will decide on whether Jeff Garcia can play or whether to start Brian Griese again on Wednesday.