AFC West: Sebestain Janikowski

Audibles: AFC West Week 8 preview

October, 24, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers (3-4) at New Orleans Saints (3-4), 1 p.m. (from London)

It is clear Drew Brees is not looking at this game as a regular game.

That may be bad news for the Chargers.

San Diego has had trouble against quarterbacks this season without bad blood involved. Jake Delhomme, Jay Cutler and Trent Edwards all beat up San Diego's pass defense and they had nothing against the Chargers.

The Saints have the best passing offense in the NFL, averaging 310 yards a game. The Chargers have the worst pass defense in the NFL, allowing 254 yards a game.

What is it going to be like against Brees, who holds a grudge against the Chargers? Brees is the yardage leader in the NFL. He is having an MVP-like season. And he's gunning for the Chargers.

He has said he thought he didn't have the support of San Diego general manager A.J. Smith and that's why he left for New Orleans through free agency in 2006. The Chargers were antsy to give Philip Rivers, the No. 4 overall pick in 2004, the ball despite Brees playing well in 2004 and 2005.

Was Brees pushed out of San Diego? Maybe, but it has worked out for him and the Chargers. Still, that doesn't mean he isn't looking for a little revenge in London.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) at the New York Jets (3-3), 1 p.m.

Chiefs coach Herman Edwards knew his team would be young and that the Chiefs would struggle. During the summer, he said the key to his team being successful, or at least competitive, was stopping the run on defense. That, Edwards figured, would give the Chiefs a chance.

It hasn't happened so far. Last week, Tennessee ravaged Kansas City's run defense as Titans running backs Chris Johnson and LenDale White combined for 317 yards on the ground. The Chiefs have the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 207 yards a game.

The Jets have a capable running game with Thomas Jones. Expect the Jets to take advantage of the Chiefs' struggles against the run and thus Kansas City's struggles to win games.

Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Baltimore Ravens (3-3), 1 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders need to throw away nearly all of their offensive game film from the first six games of the season.

Nearly all of it.

The Raiders, especially quarterback JaMarcus Russell, have to concentrate on two plays. After floundering for much of the game against the Jets and being strangely unaggressive on their first two offensive series of overtime, the Raiders were aggressive on two plays in overtime.

And it won them the game. Russell hit receiver Javon Walker and tight end Zach Miller on two big plays in overtime. It was all Sebastian Janikowski needed to boot a 57-yard field goal.
And it was all Oakland needed to show that it can succeed if it gets aggressive.

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