This will be the first installment of this particular segment, and I don’t think it could have come at a better time given the fact that our Denver Broncos are currently concluding their bye week.
There was still a lot of football being played on Sunday, and a lot that involved Denver indirectly. Here is a roundup of Sunday’s activities and how the Broncos were impacted.
San Diego 37, Kansas City 7
The Chargers travelled to Kansas City on Sunday, and the Chiefs or “Texans” as they dressed up as might as well have not showed up.
The Chargers came into Arrowhead and simply embarrassed their division rivals, and leading the way were Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson.
This game is impactful for the Broncos in two respects:
- San Diego decreased their deficit in the AFC West to 3 games with the win
- Kansas Ciy is now 5.5 games back in the division
San Diego moves to 3-3 on the season, while the Chiefs go to a dismal 1-6.
New York Jets 38, Oakland 0
To be blunt, Oakland and Kansas City are the reason this division is labelled the AFC “Worst”. The Raiders are absolutely horrendous, and are a train wreck sitting on a 2-5 record with losses against San Diego and Denver at home, who are both ahead of them in the standings.
Oakland was flat out embarrassed on Sunday by the visiting Jets, who were led by their outstanding running game. It must have been the fact that I decided to wear my Iowa Shonn Greene jersey, because the dude went off. The third round pick had 144 yards on 19 carries and two touchdown runs, but it doesn’t stop there. Veteran Thomas Jones added over 100 yards and a touchdown of his own in the rout.
Oakland is now 4.5 games behind Denver in the AFC West.
Cincinnatti 45, Chicago 10
My brothers are Bears fans, so I felt bad watching this drubbing, but part of me enjoys watching Jay Cutler fail…And then I remember that he is on my fantasy football team.
Just days after signing a contract to give him a pay raise, Cutler threw his eighth, ninth, and tenth interceptions to the Cincinnati Bengals, who proved they are a legitimate contender for the playoffs when they are fully healthy.
The Bengals controlled this game from the outset, and quarterback Carson Palmer had his team out to a 31-3 lead at halftime on the strength of four touchdown passes. He would go on to finish the game with five.
Probably the most intriguing part of this game was Cedric Benson, the Bengals’ RB, playing his first game against the Chicago Bears since he was released over a year ago.
Benson had 189 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and he became the NFL’s top rusher through seven games.
This game is significant to Denver fans because the Broncos own Chicago’s first round draft pick, which if the season ended right now would be in the top 15.