Tebow, Broncos and All Bruised-Up Ballplayers Benefit from AFC West Bye Week

John DurstCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to deliver a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 29-24.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Week 6 brings three of the four AFC West teams (Chargers, Chiefs, Broncos) a week of rest and regrouping, and it couldn't come at a better time for all of these teams, either.

The Broncos get an extra week to get their new starting QB ready for action against the winless Miami Dolphins. Tim Tebow is the fan favorite, but he hasn't gotten much of a chance to play or practice with the first stringers. He gives them an undeniable spark when he's at the helm, and it's about time the Broncos roll the dice and see what they have in the former first-round pick.

What better time to do that than while they're 1-4 in the midst of another lost season?

The fans get what they want—Tebow gets a chance to prepare before he's thrown into play, and the Broncos will get a chance to see where they need to go next in their hunt for a franchise QB. Sounds like a win-win situation, even if the team doesn't win much.

The Chargers get an extra week to get a plethora of players healthy for their game against the underachieving New York Jets. As of now, starting RB Ryan Mathews, bruiser Mike Tolbert, standout WR Vincent Jackson and freakishly athletic TE Antonio Gates are all set to return after the bye week.

With a record of 4-1, the bye week looks as though it will keep the Chargers in the driver's seat in the AFC West. You can't put a price on rest and relaxation, and the Chargers seem to need some of that as badly as anyone right now.

With Rivers getting all of his weapons back, this offense should be firing on all cylinders against a Jets defense that seems to be on the ropes right now.

The Chiefs get a week to soak up their two-game winning streak before they have to play hated rival Oakland Raiders in the black hole. After starting the season as badly as one team can—being outscored 89-10 in their first two games and then dropping to 0-3 the next week—the Chiefs have rattled off back-to-back wins against teams with a combined win total of one through Week 5.


Still, wins are wins, and getting a break after back-to-back wins sounds like as good a time as any to take one. Also, it appears that first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin will be healthy after the break and will get his first bit of regular season action. It also gives the Raiders an extra week to come down from the emotional roller coaster following the untimely death of owner Al Davis.

Even the Raiders get a little reprieve in Week 6. While they aren't getting the break that the other three teams in the West are, they get the Browns at home while everyone else is sitting at home not getting an extra win.

They get yet another home game in Week 7 when the Chiefs come to town. Last season, they beat the Chiefs—and everyone else in the division—twice, so I'm sure they're licking their chops at the thought of back-to-back home games.

The Raiders' bye week will come in Week 8, followed by yet another home game. So, they get home vs. Browns, home vs. Chiefs, off and home vs. Broncos. That's four weeks in which their opponents have a combined five wins.

Even without many AFC West football games being played, Week 6 may just be a blessing in disguise for all of the AFC West, giving the fans some better football from their favorite teams in the weeks to come.