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The Wild Wild AFC West: Week 8

This week 8 slate of AFC west  games starts off with a bang. The 5-2 San Diego Chargers travel to the Mile High city to take on the 5-1 AFC west leading  Denver Broncos. The midway point of the season is here and this game is for first place in the division. These two rivals split last season’s two regular season match ups with each team winning on the road. The first match up was a 28-20 Broncos victory in San Diego.  The Chargers came away with huge 27-20 victory last regular season match up in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Chargers in the Divisional round of the AFC playoffs 24-17. Philip Rivers has bounced back to his top 10 QB form under head coach Mike McCoy in 2013. He hasn’t missed a beat in 2014 and will be in the MVP race the rest of the season. Peyton Manning, the ultimate QB, leads his Broncos into this match up freshly off the dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers where he set the all time record for TD passes by a QB passing Brett Favre’s 508. These two teams know each other very well and this should be a high scoring affair. I see the Broncos winning this match up 35-24 over San  Diego.

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The 3-3 Kansas City Chiefs have a home date with their inter state rivals the St. Louis Rams. The Chiefs came off their week 6 bye and controlled the clock and game in San Diego defeating their AFC west rivals  23-20. It shouldn’t come as a surprise how well the Chiefs played as Head Coach Andy Reid is now 14-2 coming off a bye. The Chiefs running game will be key vs the Rams as this offense doesn’t tend to push the ball down field.  Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis are one of the best RB duos in the NFL and the Chiefs  screen game is among the very best too. The Rams shocked the Seahawks 28-26 week 7, but I think Kansas City comes out of this game with a 24-14 victory.
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The 0-6 Oakland Raiders travel to Cleveland to take on the 3-3 Browns. This match up has two teams that had disappointing losses the week before. Oakland lost a 24-13 home game to the Arizona Cardinals. The season has not gone well for the AFC west cellar dwellers,  but they finally having building blocks in rookies  LB Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr. The Raiders have tough sledding ahead and I think the Browns are going to bounce back after a disappointing 24-6 loss to the hapless Jaguars. Hard fought game but I see the Browns winning 27-21.

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