AFC West: rapid reaction 10

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Raiders were game on Sunday.

And for that, they should be saluted. Yes, we're at the point with this team.

Many observers around the league thought Oakland was going to implode this week. Or perhaps, more accurately, many expected the implosion to continue. The Raiders, whose last three defeats came by a combined score of 87-13, suddenly cut cornerback DeAngelo Hall last week.

There were reports that Oakland could soon cut ties with several other high-priced failures. It was conceivable that the Raiders could lie down as a protest.

But they didn't. Sure, Oakland was beaten fairly soundly and the Raiders were without quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who is recovering from a knee injury. But they didn't get blown out either.

Is it encouraging? Look, Oakland is 2-7. But the Raiders played hard and that's something to build on.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- We've been here before, haven't we?

Questionable call. Two-point conversion.

Yes, bad memories. Sunday, though, it worked out for the Chargers.

The Chiefs missed a two-point conversion, on a badly executed pass play by quarterback Tyler Thigpen with 23 seconds to go. The Chiefs had a chance to to win the game on a two-point conversion after they were put in scoring position on a questionable pass-interference call on San Diego at the 1-yard line.

In Week 2, San Diego lost in Denver, 39-38, when Denver converted a two-pointer. The Broncos were put in position to win on a bad call.

This time, though, the Chargers survived. They are now 4-5 and trail Denver by one game in the AFC West. The Chargers had plenty of problems Sunday, but they survived.