AFC West: 2011 Week 9 Rapid Reaction


SAN DIEGO -- Thoughts from a wet day by the sea.

What it means: There is a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West at 4-4 between the Chargers, Raiders and Chiefs. All three teams lost at home Sunday.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Chargers made a furious comeback, but they didn’t have enough. All four of the Chargers’ losses have occurred because the team has made too many mistakes. The Chargers' defense came on strong at the end of the game, when it stopped Aaron Rodgers twice, but he wasn’t forced into making any mistakes.

Rivers still shaky: For the first time in his career, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers threw three interceptions. They were all extremely costly. Two were brought back for touchdowns and the third ended a potential game-tying series in the final minute. The Chargers have lost three straight games and Rivers made crucial, fourth-quarter miscues in all three of the games. Rivers has thrown 14 interceptions this season. He had 22 in the past two seasons combined.

What’s next: The Chargers have a quick turnaround as they host Oakland on Thursday night in a key AFC West game.

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