AFC West mailbag

October, 31, 2009
10/31/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call:

Ryan from NJ wants to know what happened to the supposed three-headed backfield in Oakland:

Bill Williamson: There’s no doubt it, Ryan, more was expected from the trio of Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Justin Fargas. McFadden is about to miss his fourth game with a knee injury, so that has affected the group. But the Oakland running game, expected to be one of the fiercest in the NFL, has been pretty flat. Oakland has the 26th ranked run offense in the NFL as it is averaging 92.9 yards a game. Perhaps when McFadden returns, we will see this unit flourish, but it has been a disappointment thus far.

Tom from Kansas City wants to know how many wins I think the Chiefs will end up with.

BW: Well, they are 1-6 at their bye with nine games to play. The schedule is not bad at all for Kansas City. But I really don’t see this team wining more than three games. It is just not talented enough and it has big problems on both sides of the ball. So, I'll go with a 3-13 record, which actually would be a one-game improvement from last season. Kansas City has back-to-back home games against Buffalo and Cleveland in December, so Kansas City could win a couple of games late in the season.

Bobby from Denver wants to know who I see going to the Pro Bowl from the AFC West at this point.

BW: Fun question, Bobby. Here are my candidates from each team: Denver: Quarterback Kyle Orton, tackles Ryan Clady and Ryan Harris, center Casey Wiegmann, linebacker Elvis Dumervil, linebacker D.J. Williams, cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins. Kansas City: Punter Dustin Colquitt. Oakland: Tight end Zach Miller, defensive end Richard Seymour, linebacker Kirk Morrison, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler. San Diego: Quarterback Philip Rivers, receiver Vincent Jackson, tight Antonio Gates, guard Kris Dielman, returner Darren Sproles and linebacker Stephen Cooper.

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