Audibles: AFC West Week 4 preview

September, 26, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver Broncos (3-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-3), 1 p.m. ET

Last season, the Broncos started 2-0. Both of those wins came in the last seconds. Many around the league considered Denver more fortunate than fundamentally sound. Those perceptions turned out to be reality as Denver lost nine of its final 14 games. Those same concerns are swarming around the team now as the Broncos are one of the surprise teams with a 3-0 record.

Like last year, there's been some fortune involved. Denver has beaten San Diego and New Orleans in the last two weeks by a total of three points. Denver had luck on its side in the final moments of both games.

So are the Broncos another early-season fluke this year?

Overall, this doesn't have the feel of some fluky, lucky team. Denver has scored 114 points in three games. That's no fluke. This offense is as talented as any in the NFL. In last year's two early games, Denver was fortunate to win. But this year the Broncos have not been outplayed by anybody.

Heading into the game against the hapless Chiefs, the Broncos are riding a combination of fortune and talent. Can you think of a better winning combination if you're talking about an NFL team?

San Diego Chargers (1-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-2), 4:05 p.m. ET

After the Chargers dispatched the Jets Monday night, talk turned to the Oakland Raiders in the San Diego locker room. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was asked about the turmoil in Oakland the last couple of weeks surrounding coach Lane Kiffin.

Gates smiled and said, "There is always something going on in Oakland."

With the Chargers coming into town, the something going on in Oakland is usually running back LaDainian Tomlinson. He routinely crushes the Raiders.

Tomlinson has eight 100-plus yard games against Oakland, the most he has against any team. He averages 122 yards a game against the Raiders.

Tomlinson looks to duplicate his success against the Raiders after dealing with a nagging turf toe injury in the first three games of the season. LT's production has been hampered by the injury. He has 190 yards on 57 carries.

That is not Tomlinson-like numbers. Perhaps a trip to Oakland is the cure?

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