Monday, October 19, 2009
AFC West notes: Big weekend for the division
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
SAN DIEGO -- This is going to be a landmark night in the AFC West.
Assuming there isn't a tie between San Diego and Denver tonight, it will be the first time since Week 16 of 2006 (most of the games were played on Christmas Eve) that three AFC West teams registered a win in the same week. Thanks to ESPN’s Stats & Information for the nugget.
A Christmas miracle.
Well, call this an early gift from the division that won’t stop trying. Sunday, both Kansas City and Oakland knocked off NFC East foes. The division should get win No. 3 Monday night. Back in 2006, Kansas City, San Diego and Denver were the AFC West shared victors.
Oakland’s win over Philadelphia, though, did nothing to keep coach Tom Cable off the hot seat.
The Raiders expect receiver Chaz Schilens to return Sunday against the Jets. He has been out for nine weeks with a broken foot. Schilens showed promise as a rookie. Oakland could surely use a spark at the receiver position.
Speaking of Oakland coaches, I was informed Monday the grievance between Oakland owner Al Davis and former coach Lane Kiffin is still ongoing and could still take a while to go through the arbitration process. It has been ongoing for about a year.
Oakland guard Robert Gallery could be out for another couple of weeks with a leg injury.
San Francisco signed former San Diego linebacker Matt Wilhelm.