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Published on 10/22/2012 at Mon Oct 22 19:06.
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Following the Denver Broncos 35-24 second-half thumping of the San Diego Chargers, the AFC West remains winnable for all of the four teams in the division.  The Broncos are in the best position, tied with San Diego at 3-3 and owning the best division record (2-0) while Kansas City has been all but eliminated from playoff contention with a 1-5 record.

The Chiefs have struggled with poor quarterback play and after Brady Quinn started and threw for 180 yards and two interceptions last week while Matt Cassel sat out with a concussion,  Romeo Crennel was impressed enough to name Quinn the starter for the remainder of the season.  No, really.

“I want (Quinn) to be the starting quarterback without having to look over his shoulder. There’s going to be no quick hook or anything like that,” Crennel said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Oakland is 2-4 and preparing to travel to Kansas City for a division showdown this weekend.  Interestingly, the Raiders, who have run all over the Broncos in recent years, are averaging just 76.8 rushing yards per game, which is second-worst in the league.  Oakland rushed for 56 yards when they faced Denver in Week 4 earlier in the season.

Denver’s biggest threat — or perhaps not so big of a threat — is San Diego, who are being investigated by the league for allegedly using a stickum-like substance during their loss to the Broncos last week.  Norv Turner has denied the accusations.  The Chargers will take on the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday.

While the Chiefs change quarterbacks, the Raiders look to improve their rushing attack and the Chargers deny reports of cheating.  The Broncos returned to the practice field on Monday in preparation for their Sunday Night Football showdown with the New Orleans Saints.  Kickoff at Sports Authority Field @ Mile High is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. (MT).

The rest of the AFC West appears to be in shambles while the Broncos are coming out of their Bye Week with recognizable momentum.  Going into November with a win over New Orleans would only solidify Denver’s grasp on the division.

  • BroncosWin

    Nice article, can’t wait for Sunday night. It’s funny how the writers on this site are far better than the ones on the Denver Broncos’ official website. Keep up the great work!

  • DougEngland

    I couldn’t decide if I was rooting for or against the Saints this past Sunday. Didn’t know if a lost to the Bucs would make them hungrier or put them more in the season is over mode.

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    I personally was rooting for them. Don’t want them come off an embarressing loss looking to rebound.

  • TD30isMVP

    I am so happy to see Quinn starting for KC, we usually split with them but now…oh the glorious now with Quinn starting…

  • Steve Cochran

    Are all the writers on vacation?, guess I’ll go to another site for some news

  • Dante_Pakistan

    Our schedule is brutal this year, we need every win possible

  • anthony33

    Big game coming up and nothing posted on this site since Monday? Used to look forward to checking things out and reading the comments. Sad.

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    @facebook-1078151652:disqus and @anthony33:disqus, sorry guys, just finished up mid-terms and I’ve been really busy. Will try to get the ball rolling again heading into next week.