NFL Predictions: 4 AFC West Studs That Will Take a Step Back in 2012

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NFL Predictions: 4 AFC West Studs That Will Take a Step Back in 2012
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As we get set for the 2012 season, we should all expect the AFC West to heat up next season.  Some stud players from last season, though, will take a step back. 

New additions like Peyton Manning to the Broncos, the Chiefs adding new offensive weapons, the Chargers with Phillip Rivers out to prove they were better than their record last season, and the Raiders who have an experienced quarterback in Carson Palmer and a young receiving core with a lot to prove, all add up to make the AFC West a division to watch.

Other issues, though, will end up making some major players take a step backward.  Contract issues, injuries, trouble outside of the NFL, and even a weak supporting cast will lead to a disappointing season for some.

Here are four studs from last season in the AFC West who will take a step back in 2012.

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