Wednesday, October 31, 2012
AFC West Stock Watch
By Bill Williamson
Patience in Kansas City: Fan fury is rising along with the Kansas City Chiefs' chances of earning the No. 1 overall draft pick next April. The team was demolished at home by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and is showing no signs of life. If this season continues to unravel, Kansas City ownership will have a difficult time trying to keep the current leadership structure.
Hope in San Diego: Bad weather be dammed, playoff teams win at Cleveland. Losing 7-6 to the Browns to give the Chargers three straight losses further increases the angst in San Diego. This thing is a ticking time bomb.
Raiders’ penalties: The Raiders were not penalized much in the three games with the replacement officials. However, they were flagged an average of four more times a game after the officials' lockout. The Raiders improved in this area on Sunday, being called for just two penalties at Kansas City. Take that Tamba Hali, who called the Raiders a dirty team last week.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, quarterback: Manning has said he is still not fully healed from a neck injury that caused him to miss all of last season. Despite Manning’s claim, there is no denying he is playing out of his mind. Manning has thrown for 2,113 yards and is on pace for his highest yardage total in any season of his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Manning is the second player in NFL history with 300 passing yards and three pass touchdowns in four straight games in a single season. Steve Young did it in five straight games in 1998.
Raiders’ no-huddle offense: Oakland has found some nice offensive rhythm while using the no huddle. Expect to see the Raiders use it to help them continue to get in a groove for the rest of the season.
Wesley Woodyard, linebacker, Denver: Woodyard had a tremendous game as the Broncos’ defense stymied Drew Brees and New Orleans. Woodyard was all over the field as he had 13 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in the game. It was a message to D.J. Williams that he may have a hard time finding playing time when his NFL suspension is over after two more games.