AFC West Stock Watch

November, 22, 2011
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FALLING

1. Hue Jackson’s patience: The Oakland Raiders' first-year head coach complained publicly about the officiating in Oakland's win at the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Monday, he spoke to the league about his concerns. The Raiders, who lead the league in penalties, were flagged 12 times for 117 yards Sunday. Several of the calls were questionable.

[+] EnlargeNorv Turner
Rob Grabowski/US PresswireAfter a 4-1 start, Norv Turner can't seem to stop San Diego's five-game losing skid.
2. Norv Turner’s time in San Diego: If the San Diego Chargers don’t somehow find a way into the playoffs, it likely will be the end of Turner’s San Diego tenure. The Chargers have lost five straight games and have a 4-6 record. If San Diego finishes under .500 and out of the playoffs for the second straight year, the cry for Turner's firing likely will be too loud for ownership to ignore.

3. The Chiefs’ momentum: The Kansas City Chiefs have been a team of streaks all season, and their streaky ways continued Monday night at New England. The Chiefs scored the game’s first three points only to see the New England Patriots score the game’s final 34. Kansas City played very tough and very well through the middle of the second quarter before the Patriots took over. The Chiefs lost the first three games of the season, then won their next four games. Kansas City is now sitting on another three-game losing streak.

RISING

1. Tim Tebow's ball security: Say what you wish about Tebow’s accuracy problems, but the Denver Broncos quarterback is not throwing the ball to the wrong uniform. Tebow has thrown just one interception in 125 pass attempts this season, and he hasn’t thrown an interception in his past three games. That is a real positive step for a young quarterback.

2. Kevin Boss, tight end, Oakland: Boss had five catches in the win over the Vikings. He previously had been targeted just 11 times this season. He and new Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer are building a nice rapport.

3. Von Miller's rookie of the year candidacy: Denver’s linebacker is getting better each week. He had 1.5 sacks in the Week 11 win over the Jets. Miller has 9.5 sacks in 10 games and has a chance to break Jevon Kearse’s 1998 rookie record of 14.5 sacks. Miller, the No. 2 overall pick of the draft, has to be the favorite to win the award.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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