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Friday, December 5, 2008
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is evening AFC West notes:

The Chargers are 2-0 against the Raiders and 3-8 against the rest of their scheduled. The Chargers are averaging a touchdown more against the Raiders than their other opponents and are allowing nearly 11 points less against the Raiders than their other opponents.

San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson has 122 career rushing touchdowns. He trails Marcus Allen by one touchdown on the all-time list and is third on the list behind Emmitt Smith who scored 164 touchdowns.

Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has an apparent sprained ankle and his availability for the rest of the season will be determined later. At this point, the Raiders think he will be able to play the rest of the season.

Denver selected cornerback Champ Bailey as their 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient. Bailey now goes to a pool of 32 finalists for the league-wide award that will be given shortly before the Super Bowl.

Nnandi Asomugha, the Raiders' best player, criticized the team heavily after their 34-7 loss at San Diego on Thursday. Asomugha said the Raiders "don't play good football." When Asomugha was talking to reporters in the locker room after the game there was laughter coming from the other side of the locker room. Asomugha noted it. Things are not good in Oakland.

Denver coach Mike Shanahan admitted Friday that he was not rooting for the Raiders Thursday night even though an Oakland win would have put Denver on the doorstep of the AFC West title. Shanahan said he "never pulls for the Raiders." Nineteen years after being fired by Al Davis, Shanahan still seethes.