Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/5/12
The AFC West started off the month of November with a 2-2 record, as the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos were able to find the win column, while the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders both took home losses. This article recaps the AFC West action from week nine.Kansas City at San DiegoSan Diego finally stopped their losing skid and for the moment bought a little time for head coach Norv Turner, as they won 31-13, while Kansas City continued their losing ways losing their fifth game in  a row.Matt Cassel got the start for Kansas City at the quarterback position, and did little to help his team win the game. Cassel threw for only 181 yards, while throwing for no touchdowns, while contributing another two turnovers, on one interception and one fumble.Running back Jamaal Charles failed to flex his superstar muscles, as he gained a lowly 39 rushing yards, while adding only 27 receiving yards. Additionally Charles failed to find the end zone in the game.Leading receiver Dwayne Bowe also contributed to a pitiful offensive effort, having only 79 yards on eight catches, while having no touchdowns and a lost fumble.The only somewhat bright sight for the Chiefs was their defense. Kansas City’s defense forced two turnovers in the game, and actually gave up only 17 points, as San Diego’s defense did a majority of the Chargers fourth quarter scoring. Kansas City’s defense is by no means elite but they did play better than the offense.For San Diego, quarterback Philip Rivers had one of the better games of the 2012 season, finishing with an 90 percent completion rate, 220 passing yards, two touchdowns, with his only mistake in the game being an interception.The rest of San Diego’s offense however was less impressive. Running back Ryan Matthews had only 67 rushing yards, and five receiving yards while failing to find the end zone. San Diego’s leading receiver was Donario Alexander who had his first three receptions of the 2012 season with 61 receiving yards.Malcolm Floyd and Antonio Gates combined for only 91 yards on seven receptions, but both were on the receiving end of a touchdown pass from Rivers.While the offense played okay it was San Diego’s defense that kept the Chargers in the game and eventually secure the win. The Chargers’ defense held Kansas City to 289 total yards, while forcing four turnovers. The biggest two of those turnovers came in the fourth quarter when San Diego’s defense returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns scoring 14 of San Diego’s 21 fourth quarter points.With the win San Diego improved to 4-4 and are in second place in the division. With the loss Kansas City is 1-7 and has lost all hope of being successful this season meaning for the rest of the season they should be evaluating what changes they will make before next season.Denver at Cincinnati Denver’s Peyton Manning continued his MVP season as he led the offense and the Broncos past the Cincinnati Bengals in week nine. Manning threw for three touchdowns for the fifth time in as many weeks, while being nine yards short of having a sixth game in a row with 300 or more passing yards.Manning did throw two interceptions in the game with 10 points being scored off turnovers by Cincinnati but two fourth quarter touchdowns gave Denver the win by the score of 31-23.Manning was aided in the victory by his two favorite receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Decker had eight receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns and Thomas had 77 yards on six receptions.Tight-end Jermaine Gresham had a 108 receiving yards while receiver A.J. Green had 99 receiving yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to help the Bengals get past the Broncos.Quarterback Andy Dalton finished the game with a 62 percent completion rate, throwing for 299 yards, a touchdown and interception.With the win Denver has a 5-3 record and is in first place in the division.Tampa Bay at Oakland The score of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders was 10-7 in favor of Oakland at halftime, but both teams offenses exploded in the second half.In the second half Oakland had no way of stopping Tampa Bay’s offense especially rookie running back Doug Martin. Tampa Bay scored 35 points in the second half with one touchdown going to receiver Mike Williams with the other four going to Martin.Martin scored on a 45-yard run, a 67-yard run, a 70-yard run, and a one-yard run, and finished the game with 25 carries for 251 yards and the four touchdowns.Oakland scored 22 points in the fourth quarter scoring on two touchdown passes to Brandon Myers, a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Reece  and a successful two point conversion.With about two and a half minutes left in the game Oakland had the ball again on their own 38-yard line. However, an interception by Tampa Bay's Ahmad Black, Carson Palmer’s third interception of the day, along with Martin’s last touchdown run sealed the game for Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers won 42-32.In other news from the game Darren McFadden was injured with what is now being called a high ankle sprain. McFadden finished the game against Tampa Bay with only 17 yards on seven rushing attempts.With the loss Oakland falls to 3-5 and is in third place in the division.  
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