AFC Westworld – Week 1

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Kyle Garlett tells us how the rest of the AFC West fared in its quest to keep pace with the Chiefs.

The games finally matter, and we can now actually see on the field just how good (or bad) the offseason was for the rest of the AFC West.

Los Angeles Chargers

As we expected, the Chargers do not miss holdout running back Melvin Gordon. Austin Ekeler had 154 total yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. He was everything Gordon is on the field, minus the headache that Gordon has become off it. Gordon will likely continue his holdout to save a little face, but his camp knows that they have zero leverage going forward.

The Chargers do, however, miss left tackle Russell Okung very much. His replacement, Trent Scott, gave up a pair of sacks – including a fumble – and for the day Philip Rivers was taken down four times. Considering they face Von Miller twice, Frank Clark twice, and they have a date in Chicago against Khalil Mack, a Philip Rivers whine warning has already been issued.

I don’t know about worst player in the league. That feels kinda harsh. I mean, did Todd not see Steven Nelson play corner against the Patriots Sunday night?

On the day, the Chargers won. But being up by 15 at home against Jacoby Brissett, then having to go to overtime and only winning because a future Hall of Fame kicker missed two field goals and an extra point is not exactly a foundation to build a season on. They say it’s better to be lucky than good, which worked well out for the Chargers, because many parts of their game on Sunday were not good at all.

Up next: Chargers at Lions.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are ready to turn the page on the Antonio Brown era. Raider fans, on the other hand, aren’t quite ready.

This fan totally looks like the guy who feels jilted, tells all his friends that in fact he was the one who broke up with her, and can then be seen cruising by her house late at night to see if there are any other cars in the driveway.

“No, dude. Antonio didn’t ask about you. He’s moved on. He wants you to move on too. And stop calling and hanging up when he answers. He has caller ID, knows it’s you, and it’s creeping him out.”

As for the football, the Raiders proved that at least for one week their offense can survive just fine without AB. Tackle Kolton Miller was not at all terrible. New wide receiver Tyrell Williams justified his free agent contract this offseason, catching six balls for 105 yards and a touchdown. And rookie Josh Jacobs – the first running back taken in this year’s draft – looked more than worthy of that status with over 100 yards in total offense and a pair of touchdowns. He ran hard and tough the entire game, and while I still don’t think you need to use a 1st round pick on a running back, he doesn’t appear to be a wasted draft pick either.

A lot will also be said of Derek Carr’s 22-for-26 performance. Yes, he had some good balls, but he wasn’t taken down a single time in the game. When an offensive line keeps its quarterback that clean, completing passes is what they’re paid to do.

Up next: Raiders host Chiefs.

Denver Broncos

And speaking of Carr’s stain free uniform, what in the hell happened to this Broncos pass rush we heard so much about? Vic Fangio is a defensive genius. Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Chris Harris lead one of the most talented defenses in football. But Monday night they were absolute garbage. I watched every snap of the game and I don’t remember seeing or hearing Miller’s name even once.

We knew the Broncos offense was a dumpster fire. There’s a reason Joe Flacco lost his job in Baltimore. It wasn’t a preseason anomaly that had him only leading drives that ended in punts, turnovers, or field goals. They are terrible, and if you didn’t already know that offensive coordinator Rich Scangerello was calling plays at the NFL level for the very first time, you sure do now. His very first play-call of the season was a tight end reverse, and it only got worse from there.

And remember, the Raiders defense was abysmal last season and is expected to be only slightly improved this year. So what happens to this Broncos offense next week when they face the Bears defense on 10 days rest?

The Broncos have been shuffling blame for their mediocrity through a series of coaches and quarterbacks over the last few years. At some point – maybe even this year – the lion’s share of that blame has to fall on John Elway.

Up next: Broncos host Bears.

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alsi2
alsi2

Not sure where to bring this up, probably some other thread would be correct, but I have no idea, but I was curious how Justin Houston did last weekend.

Justin Houston 4 tackles 3 solo 1 sack 1 TFL 1 QB hit

Stats look ok. Hope he has a good year with the Colts, just not against the Chiefs. See if he stays healthy which he struggled to do with the Chiefs.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

As conspiracy theories and AB go…
Oakland Raiders are moving to Vegas… and well… you don’t shiv Vegas and not expect to be… well… uh… “compensated” for your… uh… indiscretions…

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you cheat the House…

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Dave B.
Dave B.

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

They’re losing their whole offense again. Must be a deal Rivers made. He sucks the life out of the rest of his team so he can play forever and stay healthy.

legal_kush
legal_kush

He is The Wraith.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

With NINE kids… he might be more an Incubus/Succubus variety…

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Hunter Henry is basically Tony Moeaki. Sucks for the Chargers

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

Tony Sommer

When are these RB’s going to learn that they have zero leverage? It’s one of the most easily replaceable positions in football. Hell considering how much some teams like the Bears have struggled with kicking you could argue kickers are more valuable right now.

KCChef
KCChef

^^^ Indianapolis Agrees … : )

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

Jets say hello

Armychiefj
Armychiefj

Jerry Jones must be kicking himself right now. If the ‘boys had done anything like what they did on Sunday without having signed Zeke (who didn’t play all that much), then he could have paid his QB (which he has to do anyway) and saved some money on Zeke. Oh well. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

They could probably trade him pretty easily. I’m not a big Zeke fan but I bet teams would give up a hell of a lot more for him than they would for Melvin Gordon.

legal_kush
legal_kush

It’s one of the most easily replaceable positions in football

Funny how not one KC fan aside from me recognized that about Hunt.

Tony Sommer

I had an entire article describing how the team would be better without him.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

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NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

Emo Phillips rec

legal_kush
legal_kush

I guess it got buried in the 65 that said “he only kicked the underage girl a little bit.”

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

It’s true. He should have at least got his money’s worth out of it, maybe launched her in the air a bit.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Still not sure why people are calling the Donkey defense one of the most talented.

3-13, been saying it all offsesason. Fangio can stick his hands in his armpits and pull them out and smell failure every sunday.

01lowbird

Ive heard, you can’t see the field as well from the sideline compared to the box

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

IMO part of Sutton’s downfall.

Maw423
Maw423

Don’t let the blame fall on ol Horseface! We need them to continue with his expert QB evaluations!!

Armychiefj
Armychiefj

Well, the thing is…there isn’t really anyone to fire Elway right now. They don’t really have an owner what with the Bowlen kids and wives all suing each other in probate court (unless that cleared up at some point this offseason and I missed it) and that’s just how I like it. Reminds me of the Royals after Mr. Ks passing.