Final Word: AFC West

December, 7, 2012
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[+] EnlargeRomeo Crennel, Clark Hunt
Zumapress/Icon SMIThen-Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel gets a hug from team CEO Clark Hunt after an emotional win Dec. 2, 2012, the day after Belcher's murder-suicide.
Watching the Chiefs’ emotions: It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs react in this game. They got their second win of the season in Week 13, beating Carolina 27-21 at home in a contest charged with emotion. A day earlier, starting linebacker Jovan Belcher took his own life in front of coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli after he killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. What will the Chiefs be like at Cleveland on Sunday? Will raw emotion still fuel this team? A week has passed, but the grief is still heavy -- and it will be that way for a long time. It might do the Chiefs good to go on the road, where they can further bond. It was important that they were home last week, but this could be the next part of the healing process.

Pittsburgh has not been kind to San Diego: The 4-8 Chargers have lost seven of eight games and are one defeat from securing their first losing record in nine years. If history is any indication, it won’t get easier Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Steelers are 14-0 all-time at home against the Chargers in the regular season.

Chargers need to stop the run: When the defense struggles, San Diego has a difficult time winning. That will be a key Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Chargers are 0-5 this season when they allow more than 115 rush yards.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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