Around the AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson


The Broncos no longer have that special Mile High feeling.

My take: Denver is 13-12 at home in its last 25 home games. Denver has lost three straight home games after starting the season with three straight home wins. If the Broncos don't take advantage of playing at home in their two final home games, against Kansas City and Buffalo, they may not advance to the playoffs. This has been a problem since the AFC championship game in January 2006, when Denver lost at home to Pittsburgh after a perfect regular season at home. Denver needs to figure out what's going on and get that Mile High magic back.

Kansas City

Gunther Cunningham has had a lot of sleepless nights these days.

My take: Cunningham is a good coach but the Chiefs' defense has been terrible. The Chiefs have given up 84 points in the last two games including 54 points against Buffalo on Sunday. The 54 points allowed is a Kansas City record. Once the Chiefs' young players get experience, this unit has a chance to be a good defense down the road and Cunningham could be part of it. But right now, the sleepless nights are understandable.


The Raiders think they are still in the AFC West race.

My take: The only way Oakland can get into this race is if it beats visiting Kansas City on Sunday and Denver loses to the Jets and then Oakland wins at San Diego next Thursday. Then Oakland would be 5-8 and it would be in the mix. Until then it's way too early to speculate.

San Diego

Norv Turner admitted he made a time-out gaffe late in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

My take: Turner stood up and took the heat and that's impressive. But if he makes a few more of these types of mistakes and the Chargers finish under .500, and don't make the playoffs, he could be on the chopping block. Yes, the Chargers' brass did say he'll be back next year. But if things go south the rest of the way, there's nothing to say ownership won't change its mind.