At a glorious 8-8, the San Diego Chargers overcame a 3-5 start to take the AFC West division crown from the reeling Denver Broncos. Amazingly, the Chargers managed to reach the AFC Championship game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Denver Broncos became the first team in the modern age to surrender a three-game lead in its division with only three games left to play, relinquishing the AFC West crown to the Chargers when San Diego annihilated them 52-21 in the final game of the year.
As a result, two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Shanahan was fired from Denver while disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears after relations with new head coach Josh McDaniels turned sour.
The once proud Oakland Raiders, the only team in NFL history to make it to the Super Bowl in four different decades, continue to be one of the NFL's most inept teams since losing Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, Al Davis and the "Silver and Black" feel they are starting to come together. "Commitment to Excellence" might make a return this year.
The cellar dwelling Kansas City Chiefs posted a dismal 2-14 record in 2008. Head coach Herm Edwards was subsequently fired, replaced by former Arizona Cardinals' offensive coordinator Todd Haley on February 6, 2009.