Needs improvement: Week 1
September, 16, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
A look at one area each team in the AFC West needs to improve from Week 1:
Score more: Unless Denver is going to make a living off of miracle game-winning touchdowns, this team is going to have to find a way to score with Kyle Orton as quarterback. Before Brandon Stokley's game-winning touchdown on a tipped pass, the Broncos settled for two field goals. Denver is not going to win many games on field goals, even if the surprising defensive resurgence continues against Cleveland on Sunday.
Give up less yardage: The Chiefs allowed way too many yards (505) to Baltimore. The Chiefs have shown some promise on defense, but they have to find a way to tighten things up against Oakland, which showed it can move the ball versus San Diego.
Finish: The Raiders have to learn to win. I hope Oakland isn’t satisfied with improved play against San Diego. It lost a game it shouldn’t have lost. So, the focus shouldn't be on the progress made, but on the reason why the Raiders couldn’t close the door. If Oakland is leading against Kansas City in the fourth quarter, it needs to find a way to win.
Third-down defense: Oakland converted 7 of 14 third downs and six of its first eight tries. The Raiders scored a 57-yard touchdown on its lone fourth-down attempt. Not getting off the field is a sure way for defenses to wear down. San Diego needs to find a way to improve this before Sunday’s game against Baltimore.