AFC West: 2012 Week 6 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Buccaneers 38, Chiefs 10

October, 14, 2012
What it means: The Chiefs are 1-5 and are one of the worst teams in the NFL. This season has been undone by injuries and poor play on both sides of the ball. The season looks to be unsalvageable.

Quinn not the answer: Many Chiefs fans got their wish and saw Brady Quinn start at quarterback. His results were no better than Matt Cassel's. Quinn three two bad interceptions (one was returned for a score). I think Cassel will get the chance to start again when he is healthy.

Offensive woes continue: The Chiefs haven’t scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game dating back to the start of last season. Kansas City’s offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in the past two games. The Chiefs have not had a lead during any game. Their one win came in overtime at New Orleans.

Charles misses mark: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had 40 yards on 12 carries. He now has 591 yards in six games. He was vying to join Priest Holmes (2004) to be the second player in team history to have 600 yards on the ground through six games.

What’s next: The Chiefs stumble into the bye. They host Oakland in two weeks in the first game at Arrowhead Stadium since right tackle Eric Winston berated some fans for cheering when Cassel went down. It caused a national firestorm and prompted coach Romeo Crennel and owner Clark Hunt to praise the team’s fan base. It could be an interesting day at Arrowhead.

Wrap-up: Falcons 23, Raiders 20

October, 14, 2012

A look at a near miss for Oakland:

What it means: The Raiders played tough -- perhaps even better than they did in their lone win of the season over Pittsburgh in Week 3 -- but they fell short to drop to 1-4. Oakland pushed Atlanta to the brink and was oh-so-close to pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the NFL season. But the Falcons are a good team, and they found a way to improve to 6-0.

Second-guessing Allen: I’ve already heard chirps from Raider Nation. Many Oakland fans wanted coach Dennis Allen to go for two points and the win in the final minute when Oakland tied the game at 20 by kicking an extra point. And fans were up in arms when Allen iced Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant on a 55-yard field goal attempt by calling a timeout right before the attempt. It was no good. But the timeout gave Bryant new life, and he responded by drilling the game winner. My thoughts? You can’t blame Allen for taking either tact. Blame the defense on perhaps its worst series of the game by allowing the Falcons to cruise down the field to get into field goal territory.

Big Palmer miscue: Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer had a good game as he completed 23 of 33 passes for 353 yards. But this game was defined by an interception returned by Asante Samuel 79 yards for a score with 2:40 to go. Yes, Palmer led the Raiders back for a tying score, but it should never have gotten to that point.

Penalties a problem again: The Raiders improved their penalty issues in the first quarter of the season after setting NFL records for penalties and penalty yardage last season. But Sunday, Oakland was sloppy again.

McFadden sputters again: Oakland running back Darren McFadden had 70 yards on 27 carries. He has 271 yards on 84 carries this season.

Interceptions come: The Raiders entered the game with no interceptions this season. They picked off Matt Ryan three times in the first half Sunday as Oakland took a 13-7 lead at halftime.

Gonzo shut out: The Falcons ended their AFC West series at 4-0. But former Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez did not find the end zone Sunday. He scored against the three other AFC West teams.

What’s next: Oakland hosts Jacksonville next Sunday. Oakland’s schedule is easing up. After the Jaguars, the Raiders go to Kansas City and then host Tampa Bay. If this team plays as inspired in those games as it did Sunday, the Raiders may have a good shot to string some wins together.



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