AFC West: Jared Allenb

Wrapping up Week 13

December, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Let's wrap up another wild weekend in the AFC West:

The one constant in this craziness is how bad San Diego has been. The Chargers have lost five of their last six games. They are one of the few consistent teams in the NFL.

Look at Denver. It lost by three touchdowns at home last week to Oakland. Then the Broncos bounced back and beat the Jets this week. The Jets entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the league.

Look at the Raiders. They followed up their big win over Denver with a home loss to Kansas City. It's difficult to figure these teams out.

But the Chargers have been easy to figure. They just can't seem to win these days.

Meanwhile, don't be surprised at all if the Chargers' brass reconsiders the public announcement that Norv Turner will be back next season if the Chargers lose a couple of more games this season. The fans in San Diego are livid. There will be an uprising if Turner isn't fired if the Chargers continue to slide.

In Oakland. interim coach Tom Cable is being questioned for using a fake field goal featuring kicker Sebastian Janikowski. The play was butchered from the start and resulted in a Kansas City touchdown. Cable has gumption, but the play was not high percentage. It is plays like that that makes many observers believe he will not be back next season.

Wonder how many Raiders fans will be in San Diego on Thursday night? The Chargers have not sold out the game yet and fans were very restless Sunday in the loss to Atlanta. I wouldn't expect Chargers fans to be lining up for this one. Oakland fans always travel well to San Diego so there could be plenty of silver and black in stands.

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates pointed out how much the team missed left guard Kris Dielman on Sunday. He had the flu. Scott Mruczkowski started for Dielman. Gates didn't criticize Mruczkowski, but he said that Dielman is a major part of the offense and it is difficult for a player who doesn't get many repetitions in practice to step in. It was clear that San Diego's run offense wasn't working. LaDainian Tomlinson had 24 yards on 14 carries. It was his second-lowest yardage total of his career.

Former Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has 11 sacks for the Vikings. The Chiefs, as a team, have six.

Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to stay hot. He had eight catches for 110 yards in the Chiefs win at Oakland on Sunday. At 32, he is having another all-pro type season.

Eddie Royal is Denver's all-time rookie leader with five receiving touchdowns. And he has four games to add to the total.

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