Week 14 in the AFC West feature the division going 3-1 with the Denver Broncos’ offense steamrolling another opponent, this time it was the Tennessee Titans to a tune of 51-28. The Kansas City Chiefs rebounded from last week’s loss to the Broncos by blowing out the Washington Redskins 45-10. The San Diego Chargers also bounced back by defeating the New York Giants 37-14. The Oakland Raiders meanwhile suffered a 31-24 road loss to the New York Jets.
Here is a glimpse at one aspect from what each AFC West team did in Week 14:
Manning continued his torrid pace on his 2013 record-breaking season by throwing for 397 yards with four touchdown passes. The Broncos trailed the entire first half despite Manning orchestrating four scoring drives for a total of 20 points that included two of the 37-year-old’s touchdown tosses in the game. Denver in the second half behind their quarterback was a completely different team as they outscored Tennessee 31-7 behind five more scoring drives that included two touchdown passes by Manning and a pair rushing touchdowns by Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball. Manning added to his historic season in Week 14 as he record his seventh games this year with at least four touchdowns, which is most in NFL history. He also tied the Broncos franchise record for completions (39), matched the team record for pass attempts (59), and helped lead his team past the 50-point mark for the third time this season, which makes Denver the first team since the NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish that feat. Expect that trend to continue as the Broncos host the Chargers, who have the 5th worst pass defense in the league at 266.7 yards passing yard allowed per game. In their last matchup in Week 10, Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
The former Texas Longhorn in Week 14 had his best rushing performance of the year as he had 151 rushing yards on 19 carries with one touchdown, which also included two catches for eight yard and a touchdown. This also marks his 11th game of over 100 all-purpose yards this year and also his third game this season of 100-plus rushing yard. Over the last three games is averaging 145.3 total yards in with five touchdowns over that span. Charles has been the consistent impact player that his team can rely on each game and has been a major reason for the Chiefs success this season, which is exemplified by them already clinching a playoff spot. The six-year veteran is headed for another outstanding season as he is projected to finish the year with 1,430 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns to go along with 70 receptions for 566 receiving yards and four touchdowns. In Week 15 Charles faces a favorable matchup against the Raiders, which he in Week 6 against them he rushed 138 yards and two touchdowns.
The 10-year veteran on his 32nd birthday continued his renaissance season in Week 14 as he threw for 249 passing yards and three touchdowns. It marked the seventh game this season he has thrown multiple touchdown passes and seventh game this year that he had a game without an interception. It is also the sixth game this season he has had over a 100.0 passing rating. Rivers has appeared to turn the corner with new head coach Mike McCoy, who has allowed his quarterback more freedom to run the offense. That freedom has given way to Rivers having arguably his best season since the 2010 season, where he threw for 4,710 yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Rivers is currently fourth in the league in passing yards (3,882), fourth in touchdown passes (26) and sixth in passer rating (106.4). With their record at 6-7 and just one game out of the sixth playoff spot, the Chargers will look to stay in the mix with a win against the AFC West division-leading Broncos.
The versatile full back/tight end was placed into the starting running back role in Week 14 when both Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Darren McFadden (hamstring) were unable to play due to their respective injuries. Reece took advantage of the opportunity against the Jets as he rushed for 123 yards with a touchdown to go along with two catches for 38 receiving yards. The 28-year-old scored his lone touchdown on Oakland’s opening drive in the second half as he broke a 63-yard run up the middle of the field to bring his team to within 27-17. Reece has been a very valuable player for the Raiders and has been used sparingly throughout his career in Oakland. With the Raiders hosting the Chiefs in Week 15, Reece may play a big role once again if either Jennings or McFadden are unable to play. If both do indeed suit up next week, hopefully his breakout in Week 14 performance has earned him more involvement in the offense.
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