Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week 18 is in the books and what an incredible week it was. We witnessed the game of the year and who would have thought it would be in the division, WOW!

GRADES
Broncos
This game was very winnable for the Broncos but a costly fumble and 84 yard return for a touchdown in the 4th quarter was the deciding factor. Drew Lock was 12 of 24 (50%) for 168 yards with 4 carries for 35 yards and 2 touchdowns. Melvin Gordon had 12 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown with 1 reception for 6 yards and a game changing fumble. Tim Patrick had 6 receptions for 95 yards. The defense had 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. Brandon McManus was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points. This was a very winnable game but a late mistake hurt the Broncos chances.
Grade: C+

Chiefs
The Chiefs found a way to pull off the victory in the 4th quarter after looking average at best for most of this game. Patrick Mahomes was 27 of 44 (61.3%) for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns with 9 carries for 54 yards. Derrick Gore had 7 carries for 30 yards. Mecole Hardman had 8 receptions for 103 yards. The defense had 1 sack and 3 tackles for loss with a forced fumble and return for a touchdown. Harrison Butker was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. The Chiefs are the #2 seed in the AFC but looked very beatable in their last two games.
Grade: B-

Chargers
This was the game of the year and it should have ended with a tie and both teams getting into the playoffs but Brandon Staley called the stupidest timeout in NFL history that led to a 10 yard run and a game losing fieldgoal. Justin Herbert was 34 of 64 (53.1%) for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns with a interception. Austin Ekeler had 16 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown with 5 receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. Mike WIlliams had 9 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 3 sacks and 8 tackles for loss. Dustin Hopkins was 1 for 2 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points. This loss was on bad run defense and bad coaching decisions plain and simple.
Grade: C-

Raiders
For the 6th time this season, the Raiders won on the last play of the game (NFL Record). After everything this team has been through, to find a way to not only win this game but knock off a division foe and get into the playoffs, that is the stuff dreams are made of. Derek Carr was 20 of 36 (55.5%) for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Josh Jacobs had 26 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown with 2 receptions for 12 yards. Bryan Edwards had 4 receptions for 63 yards. The defense had 3 sacks and 6 tackles for loss with a interception and forced fumble and recovery. Daniel Carlson was 5 for 5 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. This game was far from perfect but the Raiders found a way to win.
Grade: B+

 

PREDICTIONS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
This is the playoffs and anything can happen. These two teams have Superbowl winning quarterbacks and are both cold weather teams. This game should come down to defense and the ability to run the ball as weather is predicted to be 30 degrees.
Chiefs 27 Steelers 20
Spread: -12.5 Chiefs
Over/Under: 46.5

Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals
This is a match-up that saw the Bengals win by 19 points in the regular season. The Raiders will be playing in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. This game will be all about big plays, defense and the running game as the weather is predicted to be 25 degrees.
Raiders 26 Bengals 24
Spread: +5.5 Raiders
Over/Under: 49
Last Week: 2-0 Season: 33-22

Win, lose or draw, the Raiders have made all in the Nation proud of them for actually making it to the playoffs after everything that has transpired this season. With that said, it was 5 times more enjoyable to make it by knocking the Chargers off, ending their playoff hopes, sticking it to all the so called experts that did not give us a chance in this game and most of all, enjoying the pain of the Chargers fans (lord, this means you) that promised they would go full emo if they lost to the Raiders and they did. Thank you for making this win even better.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week 17 is complete and boy oh boy was it an incredible week. Week 18 will see some serious fireworks as there is a playoff spot on the line in the division. Let’s get it.

GRADES
Chiefs
This was tale of two halves. After going 3 and out on their first drive the Chiefs scored 4 straight touchdowns. In the second half the scored 3 points, total. Patrick Mahomes was 26 of 35 (74.2%) for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 carries for 25 yards. Darrel Williams had 14 carries for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns with 3 receptions for 19 yards. Mecole Hardman had 1 reception for 53 yards. The defense had 4 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Harrison Butker was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 4 for 4 on extra points. The defense gave up 506 yards of offense and Ja’Marr Chase went nut with 266 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. This loss moved the Chiefs out of the #1 spot in the AFC.
Grade: C-

Chargers
The Chargers started fast and kept their foot on the peddle the entire game. Justin Herbert was 22 of 31 (70.9%) for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns. Austin Ekeler had 17 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown with 3 receptions for 54 yards. Mike Williams had 3 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. The defense had a sack with 5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble and recovery. Dustin Hopkins was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 4 for 4 on extra points. This win was big and puts the them a win away from getting into the playoffs.
Grade: A

Broncos
This was a sloppy game on all facets for the Broncos. Missed 4th down conversions (3), penalities that took a touchdown off the board and playing with a back-up quarterback is not a recipe for victory. Drew Lock was 18 of 25 (72%) for 245 yards and a touchdown. Melvin Gordon had 10 carries for 43 yards with 3 receptions for 29 yards. Noah Fant had 6 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 4 tackles for loss. Brandon McManus was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. This loss ensures the Broncos as the only team in the division with a losing record, NO BUENO!
Grade: D

Raiders
This game was NOT pretty in any way but the Raiders resorted back to its old motto, “Just win baby” and got the job done. Derek Carr was 24 of 31 (77.4%) for 255 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Josh Jacobs had 16 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown with 4 receptions for 17 yards. Zay Jones had 8 receptions for 120 yards. The defense had a sack with 3 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. Carr has 24 game winning drives since 2015 (Most in the NFL) and Daniel Carlson has ice in his veins. HUGE win on the road that puts them a win away from making the playoffs.
Grade: B+

 

PREDICTIONS
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
The Chiefs need this win for a chance at the #1 seed and the Broncos are playing for pride.
Chiefs 34 Broncos 13
Spread: -10 Chiefs
Over/Under: 44

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
This is the game of the week! Win and you are in the playoffs. Tighten up your headgear as this one is going to be a slobberknocker!
Raiders 26 Chargers 24
Spread: +3 Raiders
Over/Under: 49.5
Last Week: 2-1 Season: 31-22

To start the new year, the Broncos and the NFL lost one of the most competitive and brightest offensive minds in Coach Dan Reeves. He led the Broncos to 5 division titles and 3 Superbowls. He was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2014. Dan Reeves was a winner at every level as he appeared in 9 Superbowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

RIP Coach Reeves.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week 16 is complete and the Kansas City Chiefs are again AFC West Champions, congratulations! Let’s do this.

GRADES
Chargers
Talk about the worse time to have a bad game, WOW! The Chargers got steamrolled by a 3-11 team while trying to make the playoffs. Justin Herbert was 27 of 35 (77.1%) for 336 yards a touchdown and 2 interceptions with one of them a pick 6. Justin Jackson had 11 carries for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns with 8 receptions for 98 yards. The defense had a sack and 3 tackles for loss. Dustin Hopkins was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals. When your offense turns the ball over 3 times that’s bad but when your defense faces the worse rushing team in the NFL (77.4 Yards per game) and they give up 189 yards and 2 touchdowns, that’s much, much worse.
Grade: F-

Broncos
With their season on the line the Broncos offense stayed in Denver. The defense kept it close but could not do enough to pull out the win. Drew Lock was 15 of 22 (68.1%) for 153 yards. Javonte Williams had 7 carries for 12 yards and a touchdown with 2 receptions for 8 yards. Jerry Jeudy had 3 receptions for 60 yards. the defense had 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss with a interception and 2 forced fumbles and recoveries. Brandon McManus was 2 for 3 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. When you rush for 18 yards and go 1 for 10 on 3rd down to go with 153 yards passing, you are not going to win.
Grade: D-

Raiders
The defense was fantastic as was the run game but Carr and the passing game was pretty bad but found a way to win. Derek Carr was 20 of 25 (80%) for 201 yards and a touchdown, a interceptions and a fumble. Josh Jacobs had 27 carries for 129 yards. Foster Moreau had 4 receptions for 67 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. The Raiders found a way to stay in the playoff hunt with this win. They now control their own destiny.
Grade: B

Chiefs
The Chiefs played a complete game even without Tavis Kelce and beat the brakes off of the Steelers. Patrick Mahomes was 23 of 30 (76.6%) for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns. Darrel Williams had 11 carries for 55 yards with 3 receptions for 30 yards. Byron Pringle had 6 receptions for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense had 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss with a interceptions and 2 forced fumbles and recoveries. Elliot Fry was 3 for 4 on fieldgoals and 3 for 4 on extra points. The Chiefs won the division and currently hold the number 1 seed in the AFC.
Grade: A

 

PREDICTION
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals
The Chiefs are playing for the top seed and a bye in the AFC. The Titans are one game behind them so they won’t let up.
Chiefs 31 Benglas 21
Spread: -5 Chiefs
Over/Under: 49.5

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers
This game is HUGE for the Chargers and their chances for a playoff birth.
Chargers 24 Broncos 21
Spread: -5.5 Chargers
Over/Under: 45

Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts
The Raiders need to win their last two game to get into the playoffs.
Raiders 24 Colts 23
Spread: +6.5 Raiders
Over/Under: 45.5
Last Week: 2-1 Season: 29-21

Raidernation and the NFL lost one of the greatest coaches, commentators and gentleman that we have ever known, John Madden. Madden compiled a .759 winning percentage as the Raiders coach, the highest percentage in league history among coaches that have won 100 games. During his 10 seasons as the Raiders head coach, Madden led Oakland to the playoffs eight times. The Raiders never had a losing season under Madden, who posted a 103-32-7 record as Oakland’s coach.

He was a complete gentleman and was always willing to talk to fans and sign autographs. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace coach.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week 15 is in the books and it was one of the most exciting weeks of the season for the division. Let’s rock and roll.

GRADES
Chiefs
As NFL Films’ narrator John Facenda once said, “Great teams aren’t always great, they’re just great when they have to be.” That quote is applicable to the Chiefs’ performance on Thursday night. Patrick Mahomes was 31 of 47 (65.9%) for 410 yards and 3 touchdowns and a interceptions with 3 carries for 32 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 9 carries for 32 yards with 2 receptions for 18 yards. Travis Kelce had 10 receptions for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense had a interception. Harrison Butker was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. This game went to overtime but Mahomes and Kelce provided the walk-off touchdown. Great win!
Grade: A+

Chargers
So close yet so far. This game was lost because the Chargers were 2 for 5 on 4th down conversions and they forgot how to play defense the last 2:19 of the 4th quarter and in overtime. Justin Herbert was 22 of 38 (57.8%) for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns and a interception with 5 carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jackson had 13 carries for 86 yards with 1 reception for 13 yards. Keenan Allen had 6 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. The defense had a sack with 2 tackles for loss and a interception. Dustin Hopkins was 4 for 4 on extra points. The Chargers are still in the mix for a payoff spot but the division still belongs to the Chiefs.
Grade: B-

Broncos
The offense was really bad and lost QB Teddy Bridgewater in the 3rd qurter with a scary looking head injury. He had to be taken to the hospital. They still had a chance to win the game but Drew Lock fumbled in the redzone. Bridgewater was 12 of 22 (54.5%) for 98 yards with 3 carries for 10 yards. Drew Lock was 6 of 12 (50%) for 88 yards and a touchdown with a fumble. Javonte Williams had 15 carries for 72 yards with 4 receptions for 9 yards. Albert Okwuegbunam had 3 receptions for 58 yards. The defense had 3 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Brandon McManus was 1 for 2 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. This loss moved the Broncos to the bottom of teams that are still eligible for the playoffs, NO BUENO!
Grade: D-

Raiders
A win in the NFL is a win but when your opponent has 18 players out (8 starters) and you win on a last second fieldgoal, it is not so good. Derek Carr was 25 of 38 (65.7%) for 236 yards a touchdown and a interception with 2 fumbles and 1 fumble lost. Josh Jacobs had 15 carries for 52 yards with 3 receptions for 42 yards. Zay Jones had 6 receptions for 67 yards. The defense had 3 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. The Raiders remain in the playoff hunt for another week but don’t look good doing so.
Grade: B-

PREDICTIONS
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans
This is a must win for the Chargers as they are currently in the 6th playoff spot. Expect a big game from the Chargers defense.
Chargers 31 Texans 13
Spread: -10.5 Chargers
Over/Under: 47.5

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs control the top seed in the AFC and are playing for the first round bye in the playoffs.
Chiefs 31 Steelers 17
Spread: -10.5 Chiefs
Over/Under: 46.5

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders
This is the ultimate toss up game because you have no idea which team will show up for either. Strap up for a ugly one.
Raiders 21 Broncos 20
Spread: -1 Raiders
Over/Under: 41.5
Last week: 1-2 Season: 27-20

Merry Christmas to my Muddled State Family! I wish you all a safe and happy holiday. I hope Santa brings you everything on your wish list.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week 14 is in the books and the division is now down to three teams with one team pretty much out of it. Let’s get this thing started.

GRADES
Raiders
When the very first play is a fumble and a scoop and score for your opponent, you know you are screwed. Derek Carr was 33 of 45 (73.3%) for 263 yards a touchdown and a interception. Josh Jacobs had 9 carries for 24 yards with 5 receptions for 46 yards. Hunter Renfrow had 13 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 0 for 1 on extra points. 5 turnovers and 1 touchdown is not a recipe for victory.
Grade: F-

Chiefs
This was a complete win in every aspect of the game. Patrick Mahomes was 20 of 24 (83.3%) for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns with 4 carries for 20 yards. Derrick Gore had 9 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown with 2 receptions for 23 yards. Tyreek Hill had 4 receptions for 76 yards. The defense had 4 sacks and a interception with 4 forced fumbles and recoveries with one returned for a touchdown. Harrison Butker was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 6 for 6 on extra points. The Chiefs destroyed the Raiders plain and simple.
Grade: A+

Chargers
This could have been a trap game but the Chargers were having none of that. Justin Herbert was 23 of 31 (74.1%) for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns with 4 carries for 19 yards. Austin Ekeler had 12 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown with 2 receptions for 17 yards. Jalen Guyton had 3 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss with a interceptions and forced fumble and recovery. Dustin Hopkins was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals and 4 for 4 on extra points. Hard to beat this team when Herbert plays with his “A” game.
Grade: A

Broncos
The Broncos started the game with 10 players on the field in remembrance of Demaryius Thomas (RIP) and then proceeded to run the ball down the Giants throat. Teddy Bridgewater was 18 of 25 (72%) for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. Melvin Gordon had 24 carries for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns while his backfield mate Javonte Williams had 15 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown with 1 reception for 10 yards and a touchdown. Noah Fant had 4 receptions for 51 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss with a interceptions and forced fumble and recovery. Brandon McManus was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 5 for 5 on extra points. This win keeps the Broncos in the playoff and division title hunt.
Grade: A

 

PREDICTION
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Thursday)
This is the King Kong vs Godzilla game of the division. If the Chargers win, they would complete the sweep of the Chiefs and take first place in the division with the head to head tie breaker. If the Chiefs win, they take a two game lead in the division with three games to play. Buckle up!
Chiefs 28 Chargers 24
Spread: -4 Chiefs
Over/Under: 51

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns (Saturday)
This is the ultimate bad juju game for the Raiders, east coast game with the weather predicted to be 38 degrees, playing the #4 ranked rushing team while they are the 7th worst run defense. Point blank, NO BUENO!!!
Browns 31 Raiders 10
Spread: +6 Raiders
Over/Under: 42.5

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
The Broncos have won 4 of their last 6 games with stellar defense and a hell of a running tandem while the Bengals have lost 4 of their last 6 games surrendering an average of 35.5 points a game in each of those loses.
Broncos 24 Bengals 20
Spread: -1.5 Broncos
Over/Under: 43.5
Last week: 3-0 Season: 26-19

With three teams with a shot for the playoffs and even the division title, the next few weeks are going to be really interesting and fun. Enjoy!

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Christmas is approaching and the cream is starting to rise to the top of the division. Without further ado…..

GRADES
Raiders
This team has turned into the ultimate shit show. They are finding new ways to lose. Derek Carr was 28 of 38 (73.6%) for 249 yards with 2 carries for 24 yards. Josh Jacobs had 13 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown with 9 receptions for 38 yards. Hunter Renfrow had 9 receptions for 102 yards. The defense had a sack and 5 tackles for loss with a interception. Daniel Carlson was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals. The Raiders are again in their end of the season fall apart mode, unreal.
Grade: D-

Broncos
The defense was decent, the offense was a different story. Teddy Bridgewater was 22 of 40 (55%) for 257 yards a touchdown and 2 interceptions with 4 carries for 17 yards. Javonte Williams had 23 carries for 102 yards with 6 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Jerry Jeudy had 4 receptions for 77 yards. The defense had a sack and 3 tackles for loss with a interception. Brandon McManus was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals. The lone bright spot was Williams and that is what led to this loss.
Grade: D

Chiefs
They won the game but is was a so-so performance. Patrick Mahomes was 15 of 29 (51.7%) for 184 yards and a interception with 4 carries for 12 yards and a touchdown. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 14 carries for 54 yards with 3 receptions for 28 yards. Darrel Williams had 3 receptions for 60 yards with 5 carries for 20 yards. The defense had a sack and 2 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. Harrison Butker was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals and 1 for 2 on extra points. Ugly wins count too.
Grade: B-

Chargers
The Chargers came out strong, slowed down but ultimately blew the doors off to record the win. Justin Herbert was 26 of 35 (74.2%) for 317 yards and 3 touchdown and a interception with 1 carry for 6 yards. Austin Ekeler had 14 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown with 5 receptions for 45 yards and 2 lost fumbles. Mike Williams had 5 receptions for 110 yards. The defense had 6 sacks with 5 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries with 1 returned for a touchdown. Dustin Hopkins was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 3 for 4 on extra points. This was a great road win against a very good team.
Grade: B+

 

PREDICTIONS
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
This should be a complete domination win.
Broncos 27 Lions 17
Spread: -10 Broncos
Over/Under: 42

New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers
This should be a flat out beatdown.
Chargers 28 Giants 16
Spread: -9.5 Chargers
Over/Under: 43

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
This game will be ugly, hide the children.
Chiefs 31 Raiders 13
Spread: -9.5 Chiefs
Over/Under: 48
Last week: 1-2 Season: 23-19

After this week, the division could become a two team race.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Turkey day has come and gone and we all have gained a few extra pounds. We are now preparing for the Christmas rush. The season is getting very interesting and this division is wrapped tighter than a drum. One game separates the division and there are plenty of games left for any team to make a move. Let’s roll!

GRADES
Chargers
The offense was bad and turned the ball over and the defense could not stop the run. Justin Herbert was 28 of 44 (63.6%) for 303 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, he also had 4 carries for 36 yards. Austin Ekeler had 12 carries for 31 yards with 6 receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen had 7 receptions for 85 yards. The defense had a sack and 2 tackles for loss with a interception. Dustin Hopkins was 0 for 1 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. A loss is always bad but to a division foe is worse.
Grade: D-

Broncos
The Broncos defense was everywhere and made life a living hell for the Chargers. Teddy Bridgewater was 11 of 18 (61.1%) for 159 yards and a touchdown with 2 carries for 10 yards and a touchdown. He was injured and left the game for several drives and Drew Lock came in the game. Lock was 4 of 7 (57.1%) for 26 yards and a interception. Melvin Gordon had 17 carries for 83 yards with 1 reception for 5 yards. Javonte Williams had 3 receptions for 57 yards with 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 3 sacks and 6 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions and one was a pick 6. Brandon McManus was 4 for 4 on extra points. The Broncos were 8 for 11 on 3rd downs. They were great in this game.
Grade: A

Raiders
The offense was great and the defense did enough to help the Raiders get a much needed win on Turkey day. Derek Carr was 24 of 39 (61.5%) for 373 yards and a touchdown with 2 carries for 21 yards. Josh Jacobs had 22 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown with 2 receptions for 25 yards. Hunter Renfrow had 8 receptions for 134 yards and DeSean Jackson had 3 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. The defense had a sack and 2 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 5 for 5 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points. The Raiders needed this one and got a great road win.
Grade: B+

 

PREDICTIONS
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals
This is a game of two young star quarterbacks, who will win?
Bengals 27 Chargers 24
Spread: +3 Chargers
Over/Under: 50.5

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Division game, buckle up!
Chiefs 31 Broncos 17
Spread: +9.5 Broncos
Over/Under: 47

Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders
Which team will show up?
Raiders 27 WFT 24
Spread: -2.5 Raiders
Over/Under: 49.5
Last Week: 0-2 Season: 22-17

Que the Jaws theme, this thing is getting interesting.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Happy Thanksgiving! This is where the season goes into the dog days and every win is crazy important. Let’s rock and roll.

GRADES

Raiders
This was a flat out shit show. The offense did not convert a 3rd down until late in the 4th quarter. Derek Carr was 19 of 27 (70.3%) for 215 yards with a touchdown a interceptions and a lost fumble. Josh Jacobs had 9 carries for 37 yards with 5 receptions for 24 yards. Darren Waller had 7 receptions for 116 yards. The defense had 3 sacks and 7 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. At least the Raiders are consistent, they find a way to fold after a great start year in and year out.
Grade: F

Chiefs
The offense was just ok in this game but Chris Jones and the defense was flat out insane. Patrick Mahomes was 23 of 37 (62.1%) for 260 yards with a interception and lost fumble. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 12 carries for 63 yards and touchdown with 2 receptions for 13 yards. Tyreek Hill had 9 receptions for 77 yards. The defense had 5 sacks and 5 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Harrison Butker was 2 for 3 on fieldgoals and 1 for 2 on extra points. This marks 4 wins in a row and taking the division lead.
Grade: B+

Chargers
Talk about a shootout, WOW. The Chargers had a offensive explosion. Justin Herbert was 30 of 41 (73.1%) for 382 yards and 3 touchdowns and a interception with 9 carries for 90 yards. Austin Ekeler had 11 carries for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns with 6 receptions for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns. Keenan Allen had 9 receptions for 112 yards. The defense had 3 sacks and 3 tackles for loss. Dustin Hopkins was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 5 for 5 on extra points. This was a big win.
Grade: B+

 

PREDICTIONS
Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
Playing on Thanksgiving is NO BUENO for the Raiders.
Cowboys 38 Raiders 17
Spread: +7 Raiders
Over/Under: 51

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Nothing like a division game during a holiday weekend.
Chargers 27 Broncos 20
Spread: -3 Chargers
Over/Under: 47
Last Week: 3-0 Season: 22-15 (Bye: Chiefs)

This Division is really up for grabs and wins are vital now. I hope everyone had a great holiday.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week 10 is gone and the division did pretty bad all except the Chiefs. It seems that every team was exposed and their weaknesses were front and center. No Bueno for the start of the playoff push.

GRADES

Raiders
Talk about a shit show, WOW! This game was a flat out disgrace. Derek Carr was 25 of 35 (71.4%) for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns with a interceptions he was also the leading rusher on the team with 3 carries for 18 yards, yes, you did read that correctly. Bryan Edwards had 3 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 2 for 2 on extra points. It seems that the Raiders have started their yearly collapse and it is a shame after another great start to the season.
Grade: F-

Chiefs
From worse to first in 3 weeks. The Chiefs are on a roll and boy did their passing game come to life. Patrick Mahomes was 35 of 50 (70%) for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns. Darrell Williams had 11 carries for 43 yards with 9 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Travis Kelce had 8 receptions for 119 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss with a interception. Harrison Butker was 2 for 3 on fieldgoals and 5 for 5 on extra points. This was a flat out massacre of the Raiders in their house.
Grade: A+

Chargers
The Chargers defense was on the field for 36 plus minutes, NO BUENO! The worse part was watching the Vikings run the last 4:36 off the clock on a 10 play drive to win the game. Justin Herbert was 20 of 34 (58.8%) for 195 yards with a touchdown and a interception. Austin Ekeler had 11 carries for 44 yards with 3 receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen had 8 receptions for 98 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Dustin Hopkin was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. The Chargers have some work to do if they are going to make a playoff push.
Grade: C-

Broncos
This is a true Jekyll and Hyde team. Week to week you just don’t know what you are going to get. Teddy Bridgewater was 22 of 36 (61.1%) for 226 yards. Javonte Williams had 8 carries for 48 yards. Albert Okwuegbunam had 3 receptions for 77 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss with a interception. Brandon McManus was 2 for 3 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. You can’t give up 216 yards on the ground and expect to win.
Grade: D

 

PREDICTIONS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
This should be a good old shootout.
Chargers 28 Steelers 20
Spread: -5.5 Chargers
Over/Under: 47

Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders
This is the start of the end for one of these teams. Which will it be?
Bengals 31 Raiders 20
Spread: +1 Raiders
Over/Under: 50.5

Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs
High scoring shootout, here we come!
Chiefs 28 Cowboys 24
Spread: -2.5 Chiefs
Over/Under: 56.5
Last Week: 0-3 Season: 19-15 (Bye: Broncos)

The division is still very close but the next few weeks could change everything. Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat channel.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

This division is flat out nuts. As of right now, the AFC west and AFC North are the only divisions in the league that every team has a winning record. What makes the AFC West different is all of the teams have the same amount of wins (5). Get ready for one hell of a ride.

GRADES

Raiders
Talk about every thing that could go wrong did, WOW! After the tragedy with Henry Ruggs, the team just came out and played with no spark or even worse, no heart. Derek Carr was 30 of 46 (65.2%) for 296 yards and a touchdown with 2 interceptions and a fumble. Josh Jacobs had 13 carries for 76 yards with 4 receptions for 19 yards. Darren Waller had 7 receptions for 92 yards. The defense had 3 sacks with 5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Daniel Carlson was 3 of 4 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. Derek Carr’s interceptions turned into 10 points and Daniel Carlson missed a 25 yard fieldgoal, the shortest miss in his career.
Grade: F

Broncos
The Broncos came out and flat out smashed the Cowboys in every facet of the game. Teddy Bridgewater was 19 of 28 (67.8%) for 249 yards and a touchdown. Javonte Williams had 17 carries for 111 yards. Tim Patrick had 4 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss with a fumble recovery and a interception. Brandon McManus was 3 of 4 on fieldgoals and 1 of 2 on extra points. The Broncos defense was outstanding and they ran for 190 yards.
Grade: A

Chargers
The Chargers took what the Eagles gave them and dinked and dunked their way to a win. Justin Herbert was 32 of 38 (84.2%) for 356 yards and 2 touchdowns with 5 carries for 14 yards and a touchdown. Austin Ekeler had 17 carries for 59 yards with 3 receptions for 23 yards. Keenan Allen had 12 receptions for 104 yards. The defense had 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. Dustin Hopkins was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 1 for 2 on extra points. The Chargers kept the ball for over 6 minutes and kicked the game winning fieldgoal to win the game.
Grade: B+

Chiefs
Talk about winning ugly, this was it. Patrick Mahomes was 20 of 37 (54%) for 166 yards. Darrell Williams had 19 carries for 70 yards with 3 receptions for 7 yards. Travis Kelce had 5 receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. The defense had a sack with 3 tackles for loss with a interception and a fumble recovery. Harrison Butker was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 1 for 1 on extra points. No Aaron Rodgers and you are playing at home should equate to a beatdown, nope.
Grade: C-

 

PREDICTIONS

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
Get ready for a old fashioned shootout.
Chargers 31 Vikings 27
Spread: -3 Chargers
Over/Under: 53.5

Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos
Toss up game of the week.
Broncos 23 Eagles 21
Spread: -1.5 Broncos
Over/Under: 45.5

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Prime time game and both teams need this one.
Raiders 27 Chiefs 24
Spread: -2.5 Chiefs
Over/Under: 52
Last week: 3-1 Season: 19-12

Let’s GO!