Denver Broncos following previous approach to beat secondary
Denver Broncos: Last week, head coach Vance Joseph said he was disappointed with the Broncos' cornerbacks lack of aggressiveness by allowing easy completions. After Joe Flacco threw for 277 yards on 40 attempts Sunday, Joseph said Monday teams are following the same approach to beat Denver's secondary. "It's a blueprint on tape right now the last three weeks -- throw it quick," Joseph said. "Challenge the DBs and throw it quick and keep Von Miller and Chubb and those guys at bay by throwing the football quick." Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told reporters after the game Sunday that the defense is "making it too easy" on opposing QBs. "We gotta move and disguise better," he said. "We're not tricking anybody right now. They know exactly what's coming."
Kansas City Chiefs: With the offense soaring in a 3-0 start to the season, could the Chiefs look outside the organization to shore up a shaky defense? Reports emerged Sunday about possible interest in trading for Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, while NFL.com reported Monday the Chiefs continue to ask Seattle about Thomas. "Right now we don't have anything and that's not where we're at," head coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday. "I know the rumor is out there, but that's not where we're at." Per NFL.com, the Chiefs' interest in Thomas is not related to any concerns over Eric Berry's health, though Berry has yet to play this season while battling a heel injury.
Los Angeles Chargers: The team's loss in the "Battle for L.A." was discouraging, but one positive was the two-touchdown performance from wideout Mike Williams, who beat Marcus Peters for a 42-yard touchdown and added a 20-yarder after halftime. Head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters Monday that he's seen major strides from the 2017 first-round pick, who was slow to get going last year due to injury. "Last year he wasn't healthy," Lynn said. "He didn't practice a lot, he was kinda learning on the run. This year he's more comfortable, he hasn't missed many practices. So he's just been really consistent. I think his confidence right now is at an all-time high." Williams leads the team in TD receptions (three) and is second in yards (189) through three weeks.
Oakland Raiders: Despite outgaining the Dolphins 434 to 373 and holding the ball for 38:31, the Raiders wound up down 11 points in the fourth quarter before a late field goal narrowed the defeat to 28-20. A major culprit for the defeat was field position, as the Raiders took four special-teams penalties and started their average drive at their own 20, including four possessions that began at the Raiders' 10 or worse. "It's been horrible," head coach Jon Gruden said Monday of the team's field position. It's been the worst in football. ... It's a credit to our offense, really, for moving the ball out of negative territory. But we have to get more out of our return game and we have to minimize penalties." The Dolphins started their average drive at their own 31.