While the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders must wait until Monday night to kick off their seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers are already on opposite ends of the AFC West standings. For the moment, the Chargers are alone atop the AFC West and the Chiefs are at the bottom.
The Chargers had entered halftime of their game with the Minnesota Vikings down, 17-7, but running back Mike Tolbert had a big day. Following his touchdown reception in the first half, Tolbert picked up a seven-yard touchdown to bring the game within three points. Punter Mike Scifres, forced into kicker's duties after Nate Kaeding tore his ACL, tied the game with a 40-yard field goal. Tolbert then capped the comeback five minutes later when he caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers. That set the final score at 24-17.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, weren't anywhere near as good to make a comeback against the Buffalo Bills. They lost at Arrowhead Stadium, 41-7. Jamaal Charles caught a six-yard pass from Matt Cassel in the second quarter for the only Chiefs points in the game. Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick picked apart the Chiefs secondary with four touchdown passes.
In related news, the Broncos' Week 2 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback, Andy Dalton, injured his wrist, but it appears that it is nothing significant. He should be the probable starter for the Bengals next week. Bruce Gradkowski had replaced Dalton in the 27-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.