Season 3 Team Reports – AFC West

AFC West

 

Team Name: Los Angeles Chargers

 

Record: 14-0

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

  • Passing: 
    • QB Justin Herbert; 231-296, 78% comp, 3468 yards, 27 TDs, 14 INT, 126.5 QBR
  • Rushing:
    • HB Austin Ekeler; 210 attempts, 1774 yards, 37 broken tackles, 20 TDs, 4 fumbles
  • Receiving:
    • 1. WR Rico Gafford; 61 receptions, 1432 yards, 524 YAC, 11 TDs
    • 2. WR Reggie Davis; 42 receptions, 650 yards, 310 YAC, 2 TDs
    • 3. HB Austin Ekeler; 53 receptions, 457 yards, 394 YAC, 2 TDs

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

  • Tackles
    • 1. SS Derwin James Jr.; 53 Tackles
    • 2. MLB Kenneth Murray Jr.; 49 Tackles
  • Sacks
    • 1. DE Joey Bosa; 18.5 Sacks
    • 2. DE Dante Fowler Jr.; 13.5 Sacks
  • Interceptions
    • 1. SS Derwin James Jr; 16 Interceptions
    • 2. CB Sevyn Banks, 10 Interceptions
  • Forced Fumbles
    • 1. DE Joey Bosa; 4 Forced Fumbles
    • 2. DE Dante Fowler Jr; 2 Forced Fumbles

 

Team Stats

  • Passing offense rank: 11th (3500 yards)
  • Rushing offense rank: 1st (2291 yards)
  • Passing defense rank: 2nd (2828 yards allowed) 
  • Rushing defense rank: 1st (945 yards allowed)
  • Points scored per game: 2nd (40 PPG)
  • Points allowed per game: 1st (16 PPG allowed)

 

Season summary:

The Chargers have been absolutely dominant this season. They have made easy work of their division and blown contending teams out of the water. No one has been able to hang with them, and this team is going to make some noise in their Head Coach’s final season with the team. They have been built into a powerhouse with a sound financial situation and speed all over the field. Their coach took it upon himself to build this team up with speed, speed, speed. Their closest victory has been 11 points. No one has been in a position to make a game-winning drive against the Chargers all season. Could this dominance hurt them come playoff time? Has their lack of adversity been a weakness, or will they continue to dominate the competition in a few short weeks? There are a few questions about this team moving forward, but one thing is for sure: they are going to make this final season count.

 

Playoff outlook:

Playing two of the other top three teams in the AFC this season, the Chargers blew both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens out. Maybe those teams were keeping some things in their back pocket, but Los Angeles’ dominance cannot be questioned. Justin Herbert and Derwin James have led this team to the brink of an undefeated season and will look to finish the job in the postseason. Austin Ekeler has been playing at an MVP level and Derwin will also likely win Defensive Player of the Year. This team is loaded with homegrown talent, and they are going to be difficult to compete with. The Chargers are going to be favored in every single game they play until their coach retires. 

 

Remaining Opponents:

  • Week 14: W 36-22 Arizona Cardinals (8-5)
  • Week 15: W 40-10 Seattle Seahawks (7-7)
  • Week 16: Houston Texans (7-7)
  • Week 17: Los Angeles Rams (1-13)

 

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Team Name: Raiders

 

Record: (3-9)

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

  • Passing: 
    • QB D. Carr; D. Carr; 278-426, 3916 yards, 26 TDs, 34 INT, 81.9 Rating
  • Rushing:
    • RB D. Guice; 95 att, 460 yards, 13 broken tackles, 6 TDs, 2 fumbles
  • Receiving:
    • 1. TE D. Waller; 64 rec, 1135 yards, 395 yac, 10 TDs
    • 2. WR H. Ruggs III, 54 Rec, 1002 yards, 297 yac, 5 TDs
    • 3. RB D. Swift; 62 rec, 582 yards, 376 yac, 0 TDs

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

  • Tackles
    • 1. CB T. Mullen; 38 tackles
    • 2. FS M. Fitzpatrick; 32 tackles
  • Sacks
    • 1. DE M. Crosby; 5 sacks
    • 2. DE K. Thibodeaux; 4 sacks
  • Interceptions
    • 1. LB T. Muse; 7 interceptions
    • 2. FS M. Fitzpatrick; 5 interceptions
  • Forced Fumbles
    • 1. DE M. Crosby; 3 forced fumbles
    • 2. SS J. Abram; 2 forced fumbles

 

Team Stats

  • Passing offense rank: 3rd (3621 yards)
  • Rushing offense rank: 32nd (888 yards)
  • Passing defense rank: 14th (2945 yards)
  • Rushing defense rank: 32nd (2144 yards)
  • Points scored per game: 20th (28 ppg)
  • Points allowed per game: 28th (37 ppg)

 

Season summary:

The Raiders are once again hanging out with the bottom pack of the AFC. It’s not really the fault of the coach, I heard he is actually Canadian so he is probably a really nice dude. However, he hasn’t addressed the QB situation in Las Vegas yet, and Carr just can’t get the job done even with the tremendous amount of weapons that he has at his disposal. The Raiders defense can be very good though, but they don’t play up to their potential. They have good edge rushers and speed at LB along with some young defensive backs, but they can’t seem to put it all together in the same game to create meaningful defensive stops. The Raiders are playing the rest of this season for pride and content points.

 

Playoff outlook:

Despite a very weak showing from the AFC this season, the Raiders are still not in the race for the playoffs. They have some big time weapons on offense and put up a lot of great passing statistics, but their defense has been too awful and they turn the ball over too much to win consistently. That doesn’t mean this team isn’t very dangerous though, because anytime you are up against Ruggs and Waller, you are liable to get shit on for big plays. 

 

Remaining Opponents:

  • Week 14: Texans (5-7)
  • Week 15: Broncos (6-6)
  • Week 16: Colts (6-6)
  • Week 17: Jets (4-8)

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Team Name: Kansas City Chiefs

 

Record: (3-10)

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

  • Passing: 
    • QB Patrick Mahomes; 217/345, 62.9% comp, 3,294 yards, 21 Tds, 42Ints, 63.6 rating
  • Rushing:
    • RB Chuba Hubbard; 246 att,1,328 yards, 24 broken tackles, 16 Tds, 1 fumble
  • Receiving:
    • 1. WR Tyreek Hill; 58 rec, 1,275 yards, 431 YAC, 10 Tds
    • 2. WR Mecole Hardman; 46 rec, 616 yards, 273 YAC, 3 Tds
    • 3. TE Travis Kelce; 39 rec, 578 yards, 196 YAC, 5 Tds

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

  • Tackles
    • 1. LB Nick Bolton; 42 tackles
    • 2. FS Juan Thronhill; 41 tackles
  • Sacks
    • 1. LB Merlin Robertson; 4.5 sacks
    • 2. DT Chris Jones; 4.5 sacks
  • Interceptions
    • 1. CB Asante Samuel JR; 5 ints
    • 2. 3 tied at 3 ints
  • Forced Fumbles
    • 1. 7 tied at 1

 

Team Stats

  • Passing offense rank: 13 (3,243 yards)
  • Rushing offense rank: 12 (1,696 yards)
  • Passing defense rank: 21 (3,289 yards allowed)
  • Rushing defense rank: 23 (1,773 yards allowed)
  • Points scored per game: 22 ( 27 ppg
  • Points allowed per game: 29 ( 38 points allowed)

 

Season summary:

The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of if not THE most disappointing team in PML this entire season. You hate to see a team with all those weapons not being utilized properly but that’s the sad truth in KC. The Chiefs can’t put up many points and they can’t stop anybody so obviously if that continues nothing will change anytime soon. The chiefs showed some signs of improvement over the course of the season with close games vs the Chargers and Steelers but can’t seem to put anything together consistently which is one of the many reasons they’re 3-10.

 

Playoff outlook:

The Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs many weeks ago and hopefully they can use this time to do some deep soul searching. This roster has been ready to compete since the game came out so it’s up to the coach to implement the proper gameplan to set his guys up for success. I wish this coach the best but if he hasn’t been able to get it done 3 seasons in I don’t know if a playoff appearance is ever in the future.

 

Remaining Opponents:

  • Week 15: Titans (6-6)
  • Week 16: Broncos (6-6)
  • Week 17:  Bills (10-3)

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Team Name: Denver Broncos

 

Record: (7-6)

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

  • Passing: 
    • QB Rattler 193-274, 70.4% comp, 17 TD, 21 INT, 93.7 QB Rating
  • Rushing:
    • RB D. Singletary: 195 carries, 905 yards, 12 broken tackles, 9 TDs
  • Receiving:
    • 1. WR J. Jeudy: 58 rec, 1049 yards, 548 YAC, 9 TD
    • 2. TE N. Fant: 50 rec, 738 yards, 101 YaC, 4 TD
    • 3. WR C. Sutton: 22 rec, 344 yards, 72 YaC, 1 TD

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

  • Tackles
    • 1. J. Strand: 45 tackles
    • 2. C. Sterns: 44 tackles
  • Sacks
    • 1. O. Pappoe: 11.5 sacks 
    • 2. C. Rumph: 5.5 sacks
  • Interceptions
    • 1. C. Sterns: 5 int
    • 2. J. Strand: 3 int
  • Forced Fumbles
    • 1. O. Pappoe: 2 forced fumbles
    • 2. D. Nandi: 2 forced fumbles 

Team Stats

  • Passing offense rank: 30th (2736 yards)
  • Rushing offense rank: 21st (1593 yards)
  • Passing defense rank: 24th (3474 yards)
  • Rushing defense rank: 15th (1636 yards)
  • Points scored per game: 12th (30th)
  • Points allowed per game: 17th (30th)

 

Season summary:

This has been a surprising season for Denver as they’re in prime position to earn a wild card seed. Nobody predicted the broncos to be serious playoff contenders going into the season, but with disappointing performances from the AFC North and South, it has left the door wide open for a potential 8-8 wildcard team from the AFC West. If the Broncos can continue to minimize their turnovers and play smart football, they’ll be in the dance.

Playoff outlook:

The Broncos were a young and talented roster 3 seasons ago when M21 started, and now they’ve really developed into a team ready to compete for the playoffs. With 2 teams left on their schedule with losing records, it looks like they’ll be able to finish at least 9-7 and lock up a wild card birth.

Remaining Opponents:

  • Week 14: Bengals: win 51-34
  • Week 15: Raiders (3-10)
  • Week 16: Chiefs (3-10)
  • Week 17: Dolphins (7-6)

 

 

 

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