AFC West: 2013 NFL Midseason Report

Midseason Report: Denver Broncos

November, 6, 2013
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos reached the halfway mark of the season chasing both history and the future.

While they now face the prospect of an extended absence of coach John Fox, scheduled for surgery this week to replace a valve in his heart, they sprinted through eight games behind a passing game putting up never-before-seen numbers and point totals through eight games -- so much so if Denver was shut out the rest of the way, 2013 would still rank as the 22nd-highest output in the franchise’s history. And since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, this is just the seventh time the Broncos have reached the halfway point at 7-1 or better, and these Broncos would certainly take the good news that has previously come with that mark.

The previous six times, the Broncos reached the Super Bowl four times, winning the title game twice. And that is just the kind of future executive vice president of football operations John Elway envisioned when he took the job.

Midseason Report: Oakland Raiders

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- You knew this was going to be a rebuilding year for the Oakland Raiders and, before Sunday's embarrassing 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland was playing above expectations. Indeed, after a 4-12 season last year, the Raiders had a chance to win their fourth game at this year's midway points.

Alas, the Eagles and Nick Foles, who threw a record-tying seven touchdowns, had different plans and it makes you wonder if these are indeed the same old Raiders who have not been to the playoffs since 2002, let alone had a winning season since that Super Bowl campaign. The difference, at least on the surface, is this team has been in every game save two -- at Denver and against the Eagles.

But the NFL is a results-oriented business and at the midway point, the Raiders sit at 3-5.

 
 
SAN DIEGO -- At 4-4 overall at the midpoint, the San Diego Chargers are about where they should be heading into the season's backstretch.

Quarterback Philip Rivers' bounce-back season has been one of the main storylines for this team, along with the return of a competitive spirit established by first-year head coach Mike McCoy.

Still, the Chargers face a daunting schedule if they want to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009. San Diego still has five AFC West division contests left -- two each against division leaders Kansas City and Denver.

 

Midseason Report: Kansas City Chiefs

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The ultimate grade for any team at this point of the NFL season is defined not by A's, B's or C's but W's and L's. Grading on that curve, the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL’s last unbeaten team, are at the head of the class.

That’s not to say everything is working well in Kansas City. Offensively, the Chiefs are getting by while the Chiefs have often dominated with their defense.

 

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