Final Word: AFC West

September, 14, 2012
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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 2:

Manning brings no-huddle show to Denver: It didn’t take new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning long to enjoy success with his no-huddle magic. After a 19-month break, Manning still has the ability to shred a defense without huddling up his troops. The Broncos scored all 25 of their offensive points in a 31-19 victory over Pittsburgh when going without a huddle, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and the three drives during which they huddled yielded no points. Yes, expect more no-huddle from Manning on Monday night at Atlanta.

Will Seau’s memory charge San Diego’s defense? It will be an emotional day at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. The Chargers will honor legendary former linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in May. The Chargers’ defense was outstanding at Oakland in Week 1. The unit could honor Seau with a swarming, relentless performance against visiting Tennessee.

[+] EnlargeShaun Phillips
AP Photo/Ben MargotShaun Phillips (95) and the Chargers defense kept Oakland out of the end zone until the final minute of their season-opening 22-14 victory.
Can the Chiefs start quickly? Nothing sets the tone for a successful game like an early touchdown drive ... or so the Chiefs have heard. Kansas City was unable to score a touchdown on its first drive of every game last season -- and the trend continued into the opener against Atlanta. A first-series touchdown Sunday would certainly boost the Chiefs' chances to win in Buffalo.

Wake up fast, Raiders: Excuse the Raiders if they are a little foggy Sunday morning. It's a challenging week: After ending their Week 1 home loss to San Diego late Monday night, the Raiders fly to Miami on Friday ahead of Sunday's game, scheduled for 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). It is the first of five games Oakland will play this season that start at 10 a.m. PT -- the first time in Raiders history that the team will visit the Eastern time zone that many times. For years, West Coast teams have said that playing at 10 a.m. PT is challenging because of the time adjustment. The Raiders better adjust quickly if they don’t want to adjust to being 0-2.

Broncos likely to see a lot of flying Falcons: The Broncos’ secondary looked improved last week, and it will get a stiff test Monday night in Atlanta. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was 18-of-22 for 208 yards and three touchdowns when throwing out of three-receiver sets against Kansas City, according to ESPN Stats & Information. There is no way Atlanta is going to go away from that strategy after enjoying so much success.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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