It might have been the worst week for the AFC West. All three teams in action lost and that means chaos is ensuing in the division. If it weren’t for the NFC South, the AFC West would be the laughing stock of the NFL.
The preseason favorite for the division was the Denver Broncos and so far they are not living up to the hype. They sit at a measly 2-3 and a game out of the division lead after falling to the New England Patriots on Sunday. So what does the loss mean for the Oakland Raiders?
It obviously keeps the Raiders in the thick of it in the division despite many difficult road trips awaiting Oakland in the coming weeks. However, it also showed Oakland just how far away they are from competing with the elites of the conference. Denver had three turnovers, which ultimately cost them the game, but they stood toe-to-toe with the Patriots in the stat book and put up some impressive numbers against a perennial favorite in the AFC.
More importantly it shows Oakland exactly what it needs to do to win football games. New England won the battle on the ground and because of it came out with the win. This has been the recipe for success once already for the Raiders and they must focus on running the ball better if they want to win football games. Denver could not get its running game going with Willis McGahee and it resulted in forcing Peyton Manning to throw a lot of passes and try to win the game through the air, which does not work a lot in the NFL.