How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch
October, 13, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
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According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, it tied an NFL record for the fewest pass attempts by a team that lost by 35 points or more. It is clear Oakland just doesn’t trust Russell.
2. Chargers’ harmony: The Chargers made some bye-week noise when general manager A.J. Smith called the team soft. Linebacker Shawne Merriman said the comments by the boss were unnecessary. The Chargers are 2-2 and not all is well as they prepare to face first-place Denver.
3. Chiefs’ pass defense: The Chiefs’ pass defense wasn’t great going into Week 5, but now it is struggling badly. Dallas torched Kansas City in the fourth quarter and in overtime on Sunday in a 26-20 win.
Dallas had 348 yards passing and receiver Miles Austin scored on pass plays of 59 and 60 yards in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Austin had 250 yards receiving.
Orton showed that he can lead Denver even if he has to drop back and throw.
Orton was brilliant in the fourth quarter and in the lone overtime drive as he outdueled Tom Brady and showed great leadership.
Sunday, though, Royal had 10 catches for 90 yards.
Seven of his catches went for first downs. Royal looks like a Wes Welker-type player in coach Josh McDaniels’ system.