AFC West Week 4 Recap
We are officially a quarter of the way through football season folks. The Chiefs keep their undefeated streak alive. The Chargers win in Miami for the first time in 38 years. The Raiders get a big win. The Broncos blow a lead to remain winless.
- Chiefs (4-0)
- Raiders (2-2)
- Chargers (2-2)
- Broncos (0-4)
Chiefs-34 @ Lions–30
This was a great matchup from the start. Two undefeated teams going at it in what seemed that it would be a high scoring contest. Well, this matchup did not disappoint. Pat Mahomes put up a goose egg in the TD column but he did move the ball up field proficiently. Matt Stafford outplayed Mahomes with three touchdowns and a QB rating of 118.6.
This may have been the toughest defense that the Chiefs have faced thus far in the current season. The Chiefs only scored three offensive touchdowns on Sunday against the Lions defense. That may sound like a lot but for the Pat Mahomes led Chiefs that is unlike them. This led the way for the Lions to hang with the Chiefs most of the game.
The Chiefs defense has allowed quite a bit of points this season. The Chiefs are the third worst defense allowing about 408 YPG as well as about 24 PPG. Against teams like the Patriots, this just will not fly. Aside from the horrendous play of the defense throughout the season, there was one play that changed the game. It was on defense. Bashaud Breeland’s 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown is what really changed the game. Without that play it is quite possible that the Chiefs are not undefeated anymore.
Player of the Game: Bashaud Breeland (100 Yd Fum Rec TD)
Raiders-31 @ Colts–24
Well, would you look at that? The Raiders played a complete game both offensively and defensively. The Raiders put up 24 points on offense as well as a defensive TD to go along with it. It seems that coach Gruden is on to something this year. The Raiders may not be favorites to make the playoffs but they are definitely improving.
Derek Carr took good care of the football. The Fresno State product threw for two touchdowns and a QB rating of 105.4. The ground game is really where Oakland shined. They produced 188 yards on the ground to give the Colts a balanced attack. This was something they had struggled with in weeks prior.
The defense came up huge with a big play late in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. Brissett threw a pick-six to Erik Harris for a 30-yard score.
The only downside is that Oakland has lost on of their captains, Vontaze Burfict, due to a season-ending suspension.
Player of the Game: Erik Harris (Game Saving Pick-Six)
Chargers-30 @ Dolphins–10
The scoreboard didn’t really show it but the Chargers struggled against the Dolphins on Sunday. Yes, they scored 30 points. Yes, they won. They should have won by more. The 2019 Miami Dolphins are one of the worst teams in the history of the NFL. The Chargers struggled early and Miami even had a 7-3 lead for a while. After the score was 10-10 the Chargers scored 20 straight. There were too many field goals in this game. The Bolts need to learn to finish drives and score touchdowns. The Patriots and Chiefs will not be as forgiving when it comes to this. All in all, the Chargers had a good day on offense. As expected.
The defense cleaned up after the first half and allowed zero points in the second half. Not much to say here because as mentioned before this was all expected. The Bolts need to keep this same energy when they face Kansas City later this year.
The Chargers next two games are against the Broncos and the Steelers who have a combined record of 1-7. There is no excuse to not win those games.
Player of the Game: Austin Ekeler (122 Scrimmage Yards, 2 TDs)
Jaguars-26 @ Broncos–24
Flacco was a lot better than he had been in previous games. He threw for 303 yards and 3 TDs. The only blemish for Flacco was his interception in the first half that led to a field goal from the Jaguars. The offense is showing progress but this league is evolving into a high scoring one. They will need to make more improvements in order to keep up with other teams around the NFL.
Well, the Broncos finally scored some points but the defense allowed a lot of yards on the day. The Broncos D allowed 269 yards against the run on the day which is not good if you are looking to win a football game. Leonard Fournette exploded for 225 yards which helped lead the Jags to a huge win in Denver. The Broncos had a 24-23 point lead on the Jaguars but Gardner Minshew’s late-game heroics lifted the Jaguars to a game-winning FG to win the game.
The rest of the Broncos’ remaining schedule is looking very tough and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say their playoff hopes may be gone already.
Player of the Game: Leonard Fournette (225 Rushing Yards)