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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #6 And A Short Week 7

The Chiefs suffered their first loss of the 2017 season last week. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 19-13 at Arrowhead. The Chiefs were the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL. The Chiefs loss was disappointing but did not set them back in the AFC West race.

 

Kansas City is still in the lead in the AFC West division race. The Denver Broncos remain in second place despite their 23-10 loss to the New York Giants at home on Sunday night. The Los Angeles Chargers moved into third because of their 17-16 win against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are in fourth because of the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Chargers. The Chiefs are the only team with five wins in the AFC. The Philadelphia Eagles are the only other team with five wins in the NFL.

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Running back Charcandrick West suffered a concussion in the game last week. West was the Chiefs second string running back. The Chiefs signed C.J. Spiller for the fourth time this year to fill the depth at running back. Akeem Hunt will likely fill in for Charcandrick West as the second string running back this week. Akeem Hunt has one carry for three yards so far this season.

 

The Chiefs were looking to extend their 12-game winning streak against AFC West opponents this week. The Chiefs last loss to a division opponent was in September of 2015 against the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs had a chance to score in the last minute but a Jamaal Charles fumble sealed the win for the Broncos. The NFL record for most wins against a teams own division is 16, which was set by the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. A win against the Oakland Raiders this week will help the Chiefs in the playoff race and come within three of the record for wins against divisional opponents.

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But, as most of you already know, they did not. And in so doing, lost their 2nd game in a row on a short week to an underachieving Oakland Raider team. What did the Chiefs do? They ran into a desperate team who had to win, and they did, but only by a point and they did so with no time left on the clock. The Raiders’ offense came out with a purpose. Carr (29 of 52, 417 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions) had his best game of the season going 29 of 52, 417 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions. Wideout Amari Cooper, who’d caught just eight passes for 51 yards and no touchdowns over his previous four games, broke out of his slump in a massive way, with 11 receptions for 210 yards, including a pair of first-quarter touchdowns that went for 38 and 45 yards, respectively.

 

 

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