Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/12
In Week 11 of the NFL season the Denver Broncos continued to run away with the division as they beat fellow AFC West team, the San Diego Chargers.Denver has now won their last five games in a row, and are the only team in the division with a winning record at 7-3.The rest of the teams in the division have not fared as well.San Diego, Kansas City, and Oakland each lost in Week 11, and are on losing streaks of two games, seven games, and three games respectively.This article will recap the action from Week 11.Cincinnati vs. Kansas CityKansas City continued their downward spiral as they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 28-6.Both Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn got playing time at the quarterback position but neither could spark the Chiefs' offense. Cassel and Quinn combined for only 17 completions on 30 pass attempts, passing for 171 yards, with no touchdowns.In the running game, Jamaal Charles failed to break the 100-yard mark and the goal-line. Additionally, Peyton Hillis lost a fumble in the second quarter. The receiving game also failed to impress as leading receiver Tony Moeaki had only four receptions for 73 yards.On defense, the Chiefs failed to force a turnover, gave up 409 total yards, and allowed the Bengals to score four red zone touchdowns.With the loss Kansas City falls to 1-9, and are just playing the rest of the season to try to regain respect and pride.New Orleans vs. Oakland  In Week 11, the New Orleans Saints got their third straight win while the Oakland Raiders lost their third straight game, as New Orleans won 38-17.While Oakland played well on offense, an interception returned for a touchdown and poor play by the Raiders' defense, allowed the Saints to get the win.Quarterback Carson Palmer finished the game with 312 passing yards and two touchdowns but did have two interceptions, with the one being returned for a touchdown. Backup running back Michael Reece racked up 103 rushing yards on 19 carries, while also gaining 90 yards on four pass receptions.Receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Brandon Myers also combined for ten catches, 159 receiving yards and a touchdown.Oakland’s defense gave up three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, forced no turnovers, and gave up 382 total yards.With the loss, Oakland falls to 3-7 and will be playing the rest of the season trying to spoil other teams' chances of making the postseason.San Diego vs. Denver For San Diego, their offense continued to be impressive as the Chargers continue to walk backwards off a cliff. The score turned out to be close but the Denver Broncos got the 30-23 win.Quarterback Philip Rivers completed only 60 percent off his passes with 258 yards, with two touchdowns but also had a lost fumble and threw two interceptions. The fumble loss by Rivers resulted in seven points for Denver while both interceptions resulted in field goals for the Broncos.Running back Ryan Mathews continued his lackluster season running for only 47 yards on 15 attempts with no touchdowns. Receiver Malcom Floyd also did not do well managing only 67 yards on four pass receptions.The only bright side on the San Diego offense continues to be Danario Alexander who in the game against Denver racked up 96 receiving yards, and both of the team’s receiving touchdowns.For Denver’s offense, quarterback Peyton Manning had a shaky start as a first quarter interception got taken back for a touchdown. However, Manning and the offense would bounce back scoring two passing touchdowns in the second quarter and another in the third quarter. Manning finished the game with 270 passing yards and the three touchdowns.Running backs Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, and Lance Ball also contributed to the offense as they combined for 133 rushing yards, on 25 rushing attempts. In the receiving game receivers Brandon Stokley, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker combined for nine receptions, 120 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.Denver is going to need to lean on Hillman and Ball in the running game as the Denver Post is reporting that it is expected McGahee will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL and a compression fracture in his right knee.Both defenses played well, with San Diego recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown, while sacking Manning three times for a loss of 17 yards. Denver’s defense forced three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble, and sacked Rivers four times for 34 yards.With the win Denver is securely in the fast lane for winning the AFC West for a second season in a row, while with the loss San Diego’s hopes of making the playoffs are fading fast. 
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