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AFC West Roundup: Philip Rivers shines and Matt Flynn disappoints

Photo Courtesy: Nathan Rupert

The AFC West was supposed to be the Denver Broncos and everybody else.  While the Broncos are a cut above the rest, the AFC West is proving to be a much deeper division than originally thought. 

AFC West Standouts:

Philip Rivers:

Rivers has struggled for the last few seasons but he has appeared to find his mojo again.  New offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt has been a great find for Rivers and the San Diego Chargers’ offense. Rivers threw for 401 yards on Sunday; it was the fifth time in his career that he has crossed the 400-yard mark.  The team is 2-2 and Rivers’ return to his Pro Bowl form is a huge reason.  

Kansas City Chiefs:

The Chiefs have jumped out to a 4-0 start.  The offense is not great, but they are moving the ball well enough.  Jamaal Charles is a great weapon to have in the running game and passing game.  He has 289 rushing yards, 213 yards receiving, and four total touchdowns.  The defense is one of the better ones in the league and the pass rush continues to be dominating.  Tamba Hali collected two more sacks on Sunday.  While they have not been as dominate as the Broncos, the Chiefs are alerting the league that they too have high aspirations.  

Knowshon Moreno:

Moreno was a first-round pick in 2009 and it appeared that he would be labeled a bust.  However, this season he has played much better and become a quality back.  He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns.  When Montee Ball was drafted it appeared that Moreno’s days would be coming to an nd in Denver, but Ball has not performed as well as some thought he would. 

Matt Flynn:

Flynn got the opportunity to start due to Terrelle Pryor being injured.  Flynn put up decent numbers; he was 21-of-32 for 227 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.  Although his numbers appear okay, he struggled throughout the day.  He was sacked seven times and several were due to him holding on to the ball too long.  He fumbled the ball twice and lost one of them.  This may have been his only chance to show that he was capable of starting for this team and no one walked away thinking he was the better man for the job.        

Photo Credit: : Nathan Rupert

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Keenan Actkins

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