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Silver Minings: AFC West roundup, Raiders still in 2nd place after brutal loss

The Chiefs beat the Chargers keeping the Raiders in 2nd place

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The Las Vegas Raiders had an embarrassing loss to an injured Chicago Bears team. While the loss hurt the heart of Raider Nation, the Raiders are still in second place. In Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-17. The Chargers now have as many wins as the Denver Broncos, who beat the Green Bay Packers 19-17.

Kansas City Chiefs 31 Los Angeles Chargers 17

Chiefs key stats:

  • QB Patrick Mahomes: 32/42, 424 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 4 rushes, 31 rushing yards
  • RB Isiah Pacheco: 13 carries, 32 yards, 4 catches, 28 receiving yards, 1 TD
  • TE Travis Kelce: 12 catches, 179 yards, 1 TD-
  • WR Rashee Rice: 5 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD
  • S Byran Cook: 5 total tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT
  • DE Mike Danna: 6 total tackles, 1 sack

Chargers Key Stats

  • QB Justin Herbert: 17/30, 259 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 2 rushes, 5 rushing yards
  • RB Joshua Kelly: 7 carries, 750yards, 4 catches, 28 receiving yards
  • WR Josh Palmer: 5 catches, 133 yards
  • TE Gerald Everett: 3 catches, 26 yards, 1 TD
  • CB Asante Samuel Jr.: 2 total tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD
  • LB Kenneth Murray 8 total tackles, 1 sack

The Kansas City Chiefs all but sealed the AFC West after beating the Chargers Sunday. Mahomes put up a masterful performance, throwing for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Travis Kelce dominated with 12 catches for 179 yards, adding a touchdown himself. The Chargers continue to struggle with a 2-4 start. Herbert threw two interceptions and couldn't put it together to come back in the second half.

Denver Broncos 19, Green Bay Packers 17

Broncos key stats:

  • QB Russell Wilson: 20/29, 194 yards, 1 TD, 1 rushes, 21 rushing yards
  • RB Javonte Williams: 15 carries, 85 yards, 3 catches, 14 yards
  • WR Courtland Sutton: 6 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD
  • WR Jerry Jeudy: 5 catches, 64 yards
  • LB Alex Singleton: 11 total tackles
  • S Kareem Jackson: total tackles, 1 PD

The Denver Broncos pulled out their second win of the season with a late interception. The 19-17 win brings them 2-5, and Javonte Williams coming back was a big help. Williams has 85 yards on 15 carries. Russell Wilson continues his steady play by throwing a touchdown and running for a first down late in the game. The defense finally had a good performance holding a team under 20 points since they played the Raiders.

AFC West Standings

  1. Kansas City 6-1 (Point differential: +73)
  2. Las Vegas 3-4 (-49)
  3. Los Angels 2-4(-11)*
  4. Denver 2-5 (-69)

In other Raiders links:

  • Raiders coach Josh McDaniels still has no answers: Vic Tafur of the Athletic writes about McDaniels's press conference after the loss.
  • PFF recap of the loss to the Bears: dropped their recap of the matchup vs the Chicago Bears.
  • Offensive woes continue for the Raiders: Levi Edwards goes over the Raiders offensive struggles for the Raiders website.