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Kansas City Chiefs: How the Chiefs Can Win the AFC West in 2012

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Kansas City Chiefs: How the Chiefs Can Win the AFC West in 2012
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After winning the AFC West in 2010, the Kansas City Chiefs followed up a season to remember with one to be forgotten.

The lack of an offseason, critical injuries and just bad luck in general were all contributing factors to a subpar 7-9 effort in 2011.

Nonetheless, the past is the past, and the sun is once again shining down on Kansas City's beloved football franchise.

Jamaal Charles, Matt Cassel, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki will all return from devastating injuries in 2011 and attempt to lead the Chiefs to another division title, and possibly maneuver deep into the playoffs.

Throw in a well-orchestrated free-agency plan directed by GM Scott Pioli and the Chiefs' front office, as well as some potentially valuable additions through the draft, and it shouldn't be as tough as one may think to dethrone Peyton Manning and the defending AFC West champion Broncos this fall.

The next five slides highlight why I think the Chiefs can "buck" the Broncos and take hold of the AFC West once again.

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