Let’s look at key Week 10 statistics for each AFC West team courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has won 146 games as a starting quarterback. Dan Marino is third on the all-time list at 147. Manning’s boss, John Elway, is second at 148. Brett Favre is way down the line at 186. Manning plays against Carolina and quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday. Manning was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1998. Newton was the top pick in 2011. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, Manning is 27-9 against fellow top pick quarterbacks. It’s the best record in the NFL.
Running back Jamaal Charles is struggling in recent weeks. He has just 83 yards on 29 carries in the past three games for a 2.9 yard average. In the first five games, Charles -- who missed most of last season with a torn ACL in his knee -- had 551 yards on 104 rushes. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry.
The Raiders have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns of at least 40 yards since the start of the 2010 season. They allowed three last week to Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin. The next worst three teams on the list in that category since the start of the 2010 season have surrendered 12 combined. Up next for Oakland: Baltimore tailback Ray Rice.
Philip Rivers misses Vincent Jackson. He will see him in Tampa Bay on Sunday, but it won’t do Rivers any good. Jackson became a Buccaneer this season. Check out the difference in Rivers’ downfield throws with and without Jackson: