AFC West notes

Random notes from Oakland’s loss at Pittsburgh and Kansas City’s win over Arizona:

  • According to ESPN Stats & Information, Pittsburgh had great success against the Raiders using a five-man pass rush against Oakland. Pittsburgh used the five-man pass rush on 52 percent of Oakland’s drop backs. The Raiders completed 8 of 20 passes and threw two interceptions against the heavy pass rush with a passer’s rating of 9.8. Oakland gave up six games in the game. Oakland gave up five sacks against the five-man pass rush. It has now given up an NFL high 24 sacks against a five-man pass rush. Expect the Raiders to continue to see a heavy blitz until they fix the issue.

  • The Chiefs didn’t allow a sack Sunday after giving up four at Denver.

  • According to ESPN Stats & Information, Oakland running back Darren McFadden averaged 2.0 yards running the middle. McFadden entered the game averaging an NFL high 5.5 yards per game while running up the middle.

  • Oakland rookie running back Jacoby Ford had just two catches for 27 yards Sunday. He had six catches for 148 yards in a win over Kansas City in Oakland’s previous game Nov. 14.

  • After Kansas City’s win Sunday, the AFC West is 6-5 against teams in the NFC. Oakland is the only team to have finished its slate against NFC West teams. It was 2-2.