OAKLAND -- A look at a critical AFC West game.
What does it mean: The AFC West is now a muddled mess. The Chiefs, who have been leading the division all season, are now 5-3. The Raiders are 5-4. The San Diego Chargers, who have won two straight games, are 4-5. The Raiders, who won the game on a 33-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski, haven’t won more than five games in a season since 2002. Oakland is 3-0 against AFC West competition this season.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Raiders are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They’ve won three straight games. They didn’t cruise against the Chiefs as they did in their previous two games, but they made the plays they had to make.
Sloppy times: This game was messy. The two teams combined for 27 penalties (the most in the NFL this season) for 240 yards. The Chiefs lost 10 points on penalties.
What’s next: Oakland has a bye and Kansas City plays at Denver on Sunday.