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AFC West Stock Watch

11/19/2012

FALLING

Robert Meachem, San Diego, receiver: Meachem was signed to a lucrative deal in free agency to make up for the loss of Vincent Jackson. It hasn’t worked. Meachem has produced very little all season and his playing time has dwindled. The only reason he will likely be in San Diego next year is because of a guaranteed deal.

Fan support in Kansas City: Planes have flown over Arrowhead Stadium imploring for general manager Scott Pioli to be fired. Fans now routinely wear black to games. Now this: The team has been blamed for a death of a fan in an obituary.

Defense in Oakland: The biggest ding on first-year Oakland coach Dennis Allen is he is a defensive specialist and was brought in to fix a leaky D. The Raiders have allowed 135 points in the past three games and have allowed a league-high 322 points this season. This is an indictment on Allen.

RISING

Denver’s playoff chances: Denver collapsed in 2008 and 2009 and it could always do it again. But the Broncos (7-3) are in great shape with six games to go. They have a three-game lead over San Diego, but it’s really a four-game lead because they own the tiebreaker. Denver has one less win than the other three teams in the AFC West have combined.

The chances of leadership changes in three AFC West cities: The odds were already high leadership changes would occur in Kansas City and in San Diego. Those chances have now increased in Oakland as well after owner Mark Davis expressed frustration Sunday. It is a long shot, but anytime an owner pops off, it is worth monitoring.

Ronnie Hillman's playing time: The Denver rookie will get more work now that starting running back Willis McGahee is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury. Hillman is an explosive outside runner, but he hasn’t shown he can run inside.