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NFL Week 9: AFC West Remains Competitive Afted Oakland Raiders Defeat Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs were on the wrong end of a game-winning field goal in overtime this weekend. After defeating the Buffalo Bills last week on a field goal in overtime, the Chiefs saw the Oakland Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski kick a 33-yard field goal to win the game, 23-20. Janikowski had earlier tied the game with only seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on a 41-yard field goal.

The running game for both teams never picked up steam, though the Raiders’ Darren McFadden came close to 100 rushing yards with 89 in the game. It was Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford who had the big game, grabbing six passes for 148 yards. He also returned a kick for 94 yards and a touchdown. He had a 158 total kick return yards.

The Chiefs have the advantage in the loss column by one game with a 5-3 record.

In other AFC West action, the San Diego Chargers defeated the Houston Texans, 29-23, by scoring a touchdown and making a successful two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 295 yards and four touchdown. Wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and tight end Randy McMichael each caught two of Rivers’ four touchdown passes.

Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 127 yards and two scores, but the team could only put up nine more points on three field goals by Neil Rackers.

Next week, the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Denver Broncos at Mile High, and the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have the week off. Here are the current AFC West standings:

AFC West Standings

Kansas City 5 3 0 183 145
Oakland 5 4 0 235 188
San Diego 4 5 0 239 197
Denver 2 6 0 154 223

(updated 11.7.2010 at 8:04 PM EST)