AFC West: 2011 week 3 wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Raiders 34, Jets 24

September, 25, 2011
A look at a tremendous victory for the Raiders.

What it means: This was a monumental win for the Oakland organization. The Raiders accomplished much Sunday. First, they learned to finish a game. The Raiders gave up 35 points in the second half at Buffalo last week. Yet, this week, against a strong Jets’ team, the Raiders came back from a 17-7 deficit and took over the game. They had an impressive drive late in the game to seal the win. In the end, the Raiders, who were 2-8 outside the AFC West last year, showed they can beat a quality AFC opponent. If the Raiders are in the playoff conversation in December, this game will be looked upon as a catalyst.

Tomorrow’s talker: That was a very good defense Oakland just torched. The Raiders’ offense is playing great. It has scored 69 points in the past two games. Head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Al Saunders are doing a terrific job. It doesn’t hurt to have Darren McFadden. He had 170 yards on 19 carries, McFadden is a legitimate threat to win the NFL rushing title this season.

Trending: Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in Week 1, is getting better with age. In 13th NFL season, Janikowski is bombs away. He nailed field goals of 54 and 49 yards. To have that type of a consistent weapon is going to help this offense.

What’s next: The Raiders host New England, fresh off a frustrating loss at Buffalo. What are the odds of Tom Brady throwing four more interceptions next week?

UPDATE: McFadden left the game with a groin injury, Jackson said. McFadden told reporters he expects to be fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if McFadden is brought along slowly during practice this week leading up to what is truly a big game against New England.

Wrap-up: Titans 17, Broncos 14

September, 25, 2011

A look at a game Denver saw slip away late.

What does it mean: There was hope Denver could sneak out a winning record after the first three games of the season. They opened the season with home games against Oakland and Cincinnati and before having a manageable road game against the Titans. However, the Broncos are now 1-2 after the Titans scored the game-winning touchdown late in the game. The banged-up Broncos’ schedule now stiffens. It has a road game at Green Bay next week and then goes back home to host San Diego in Week 5.

Take that, Denver’s front office: The Titans made it a 17-14 game with 4:28 to go in the game when tight end Daniel Graham scored on a 4-yard pass. Denver cut Graham, a Denver native, shortly before the lockout started.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Broncos run game is a problem. Willis McGahee had 52 yards on 22 carries. All told, Denver had 59 yards on 23 carries. Knowshon Moreno missed second-straight game with a hamstring injury. McGahee had 101 yards last week on 28 carries. McGahee will turn 30 next month. He had 209 carries combined in the past two seasons. He is not going to be able to keep up this pace. Moreno needs to get healthy and become a factor quickly.

What’s next: Going to Lambeau Field will not been easy for Denver. This one has a chance to be fairly lopsided. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Packers are two-touchdown favorites.