AFC West Stock Watch

November, 7, 2012
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Brian Daboll’s control of the Kansas City offense: We’re not suggesting that Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel is going to take over the Chiefs’ offense from Daboll. But when Crennel removed himself as the team’s defensive coordinator and replaced himself with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, Crennel said he thought there was a perception by some young players on the team he was spending too much time on the defense. Expect Crennel to try to spend more time with the offense as he tries to save everyone’s job in Kansas City.

Raiders’ running backs: Oakland starting running back Darren McFadden and his backup Mike Goodson both had to leave the Tampa Bay game last week with high ankle sprains. There is no word yet how long they will be out, but high ankle sprains are tricky and the Raiders may have to adjust.

Chiefs’ ball security: The Chiefs have committed 29 turnovers in eight games. It’s the most in the NFL through eight games in 15 years. The Chiefs had 28 turnovers all season last year.

RISING

The Chargers in the fourth quarter: The Chargers hadn't scored in the fourth quarter for three straight games before scoring three touchdowns in a Week 9 win over the Chiefs. Two of the scores were defensive touchdowns.

Denver’s offensive line: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has not been sacked in four of the past five games. Everything is starting to click for the Broncos. Manning helps his offensive line with his quick release, but the unit is getting comfortable playing with him and it is showing.

Raiders late in the first half: The Raiders have scored in the final two minutes before the end of the first half in all eight games this season. The problem for the Raiders(3-5): it seems they lose momentum in the second half.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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