Hansen Hype: Must-Read AFC West Links, August 13 Edition

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystAugust 13, 2012

Ryan Mathews hopes to return to action Week 1.
Ryan Mathews hopes to return to action Week 1.Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The first week of preseason football is almost complete, with the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders finishing up the week tonight on ESPN's Monday Night Football. 

The Chiefs and Broncos got off to good starts in the preseason, and that has nothing to do with the scores of the games. The only black mark came when the Chargers lost Ryan Mathews for at least four weeks, but probably six weeks with a broken clavicle. Mathews' status is in doubt for the opener. The Chargers were already dealing with injury losses, particularly Jared Gaither.

Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are hoping the new era gets started right with a good performance from their squad tonight, while the Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers have already gone back to work preparing for the season and their next preseason game.

Like always, there are plenty of good news nuggets you should read.



A new focus, but the same foundation for Denver's offensive line, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. As long as Peyton Manning is the quarterback, the only concern anyone should have about this offensive line is if they can run block. 

According to Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post, the Broncos are hoping to get premium performances from Keith Brooking and Jim Leonhard. Foolishness, they were free agents for a reason. Veterans like Brooking and Leonhard are going to be role players and temporary starters.


Kansas City

The offensive line in Kansas City performed well in their first preseason action, and they were pleased with how they came together as a group, according to Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star.

Romeo Crennel likes what he sees in the running game, according to Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star. The aforementioned offensive line is certainly a big part of making the running backs look good. 



Perhaps no player in Oakland is more excited to play his first preseason game than Terrelle Pryor, and the fans are equally excited to see the quarterback prance around the practice field.

Pryor is eager to prove himself, according to Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle.

Pryor is a must-see attraction, according to Jerry McDonald of The Contra Costa Times.

Jeff Fagen tells us what to expect from Pryor in tonight's preseason game.


San Diego

Without Mathews, the Chargers will turn to into a running back by committee according to Michael Gehlken of The Union-Tribune San Diego. Hardly a surprise, as the Chargers can feed the ball to Ronnie Brown, Jackie Battle, Curtis Brinkley and Le'Ron McClain with Mathews out.

Mathews is targeting a Week 1 return and plans to be ready to play against the Raiders (via Union-Tribune San Diego).