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Silver Minings: AFC West Week 6 roundup

Raiders tied for the division lead

Los Angeles Chargers v Baltimore Ravens
Justin Herbert
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Yesterday was nearly a perfect day for the Las Vegas Raiders. Not only did they get a huge convincing win against a division rival in the Denver Broncos, but the Raiders also got some help from the Ravens who handily beat the Los Angeles Chargers. That puts Las Vegas in a tie for the AFC West lead, which was a bit of an afterthought coming off of the last two weeks.

However, the Kansas City Chiefs did take care of business in Washington, so the weekend could have been better for the Silver and Black, but I don’t think you’ll find many people in Raider Nation complaining.

Los Angeles Chargers 6 Baltimore Ravens 34

Key Stats:

Justin Herbert, QB: 22/39, 195 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Austin Ekeler, RB: 10 total touches, 55 total yards

Keenan Allen, WR: 5 catches, 50 yards

Mike Williams, WR: 2 catches, 27 yards

Derwin James, DB: 8 total tackles, 1 QB Hit

Joey Bosa, EDGE: 5 total tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack, 2 QB Hits

From start to finish, this was a dominating effort by the Ravens. They scored on their first possession of the game and never looked back, while Baltimore’s defense kept Los Angeles to just 208 total yards of offense.

Herbert couldn’t get anything going in the air and the Chargers only managed 26 yards on the ground, which explains why they didn’t score until their sixth drive of the game and were shut out the rest of the way.

Los Angeles’ defense was slightly better as Lamar Jackson only went for 167 passing yards and was intercepted twice. However, the Ravens did run for 187 yards and nearly five yards a carry as a team and played from ahead the entire game, so they didn’t really need to throw the ball.

The Chargers have a bye next week and play host to the struggling Patriots on Halloween.

Kansas City Chiefs 31 Washington Football Team 13

Key Stats:

Patrick Mahomes, QB: 32/47, 397 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Darrel Williams, RB: 24 total touches, 89 total yards, 2 rushing TDs

Travis Kelce, TE: 8 catches, 99 yards

Tyreek Hill, WR: 9 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD

Tyrann Mathieu, DB: 5 total tackles

Rashad Fenton, CB: 2 PBUs, 7 total tackles

Slow starts have been the theme of the season for the Chiefs and have even cost them a few games. After a drop by Hill led to a Mahomes interception, and a terrible decision by Mahomes to try and salvage a busted run play led to another one, Washington had a 13-10 lead at halftime. Then, Kansas City scored touchdowns on three out of their first four second-half drives and the defense stiffened up to create a three-possession blowout.

The Chiefs outgained the Football Team 499 total yards to 276, and the Football Team never even took a snap in the red zone, so literally, the only reason this game was ever close was because of the Chiefs’ miscues.

Washington did have success on the ground though, rushing for 94 yards and 4.9 per attempt as a team. Also, this was the second week in a row that Kansas City was without Chris Jones, and the second week in a row they didn’t register a sack. Granted, they did have seven quarterback hits so it’s not as if the pass rush was completely nonexistent.

The Chiefs head to Nashville for a bout with the Titans next week, who will be coming off a short week after taking on the Bills tonight.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • SNL Gruden skit: the long-running television show did a parody sketch about the coach’s email scandal.
  • 5 things we learned from Raiders W: Williamson gave his takeaways from Las Vegas’ huge victory in Denver
  • Davis feels email leak is a “hit job”: “He thinks the league office is out to get him,” said one source who has spoken to Davis. “He thinks it’s a hit job,” per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
  • Gruden owed $40 million from Raiders: per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the organization and its former coach will work on a settlement now that he’s no longer with the club.