AFC West Stock Watch

October, 4, 2011
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FALLING

1. The Chiefs’ standing in the Luck sweepstakes: Kansas City’s win over the Minnesota Vikings improved the Chiefs to 1-3 and knocked the Vikings down to 0-4. That means the Vikings are in the Chiefs’ way of getting the No. 1 pick and the right to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Of course, at this point, the Chiefs want to win as many games as possible. The Chiefs can further separate themselves from the No. 1 pick if they win at Indianapolis on Sunday.

2. Jason Campbell's accuracy: Oakland’s quarterback was efficient and careful with the football in the first three game of the season. He threw just one interception (on a Hail Mary at Buffalo) in those games. On Sunday against New England, though, Campbell threw two bad interceptions. The first was thrown right at New England safety Patrick Chung in the end zone. It was the turning point of the game.

3. Kyle Orton, Denver quarterback: The Broncos keep on losing and the pressure is building on starting quarterback Kyle Orton. He threw three interceptions in a 26-point loss at Green Bay on Sunday. Denver coach John Fox has maintained that Orton gives them a better chance to win than Tim Tebow at this point. But the Broncos are 4-13 in Orton’s last 17 starts. It’s getting more difficult to believe that Orton gives Denver a fighting chance to win.

[+] EnlargePhilip Rivers
Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesPhilip Rivers threw for 307 yards in the Chargers' win over Miami.
RISING

1. Philip Rivers' accuracy: The Chargers quarterback did not throw an interception in a win over Miami on Sunday. Rivers threw six interceptions in the first three games of the season. His highest interception total for a season is 15. It seems like Rivers is on the right track again after a shaky start.

2. Matt Cassel, Kansas City quarterback: Cassel had his best overall game since Week 16 of last season. He’s been pretty bad since. However, Cassel, who showed some life in the second half of Week 3’s game at San Diego, was solid in the Chiefs’ first win. Let’s see if his arrow can continue to point upward Sunday at Indianapolis.

3. Larry English, San Diego linebacker: The No. 16 overall pick of the 2009 draft had five sacks in his first 26 NFL games. On Sunday, English had two sacks against Miami. If English, who has had issues staying healthy, can continue to show a pass-rushing burst, he could ward off the dreaded bust label.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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