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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wrapping up another bad day in the AFC West

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here is a series of random thoughts as the AFC West closes out another forgettable weekend where the three teams that played all lost and where the four teams have a combined season record of 10-19:

First, I have to say, the Chiefs were impressive in their defeat. Yes, it was a loss but the Chiefs were much more competitive in their 28-24 loss to the New York Jets than they have been recently.

In their last two games, the Chiefs lost by a combined score of 68-10. Kansas City guard Brian Waters said he's worried that there is a perception that the Chiefs weren't trying hard in recent games.

"We've been trying like this all season," Waters said. "Really, what had been happening is the game how gotten away from us in the first half. But we've been trying. This team is continuing to fight."

The Chiefs need to continue to go with the no-huddle offense for quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Kansas City's offensive players seemed comfortable with it and Thigpen clearly felt good using it since he ran a spread offense at Coastal Carolina.

There's little chance the Chiefs will scrap the plan since Thigpen was so successful using it Sunday.

* You have to give Tony Gonzalez credit.

He wanted to be traded to a contender. He thought he was going to be traded on the deadline day of Oct.14 and then he wasn't.

He said he was upset but he also said he had buried it and he would play hard for the Chiefs the rest of the season before revaluating the situation. He hasn't gone back on his word.

Gonzalez is playing hard and well. In the two games since the non-trade, Gonzalez has 12 catches for 176 yards.

* The word out of Baltimore is that Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell showed good composure in a game that he was harassed often and sacked four times.  It's a learning process for Russell and he is making progress.

* Wonder if Darren McFadden is going to be completely healthy this season? He didn't play Sunday because of a nagging turf toe injury he suffered - six weeks ago. The Raiders need him. Justin Fargas led Oakland in rushing. He had 24 yards on 12 carries.

* For San Diego, two players who have had been very good for the Chargers this season, running back/returner Darren Sproles and receiver Vincent Jackson, made key mistakes in the Chargers' loss. However, there may be a silver lining for San Diego. LaDainian Tomlinson broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season and for the first time in a month. He said this week that he felt like he was nearly completely healed for the turf toe that has been bothering him all season.