Buying and Selling the AFC West Teams Improving in 2014

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Buying and Selling the AFC West Teams Improving in 2014
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Khalil Mack will help the Raiders improve in 2014.

Every team wants to improve in 2014, but not every team will. Improvement can also mean different things to different teams.

There are dozens of factors that determine if a team improves, which is why the NFL can be so hard to predict. The best anyone can do is examine the teams as currently constructed and compare them to the same teams last year and their 2014 opponents to try to come to some conclusion.

It’s going to be a lot harder to buy improvement of a team that was good last year. Regression toward the mean, a tougher schedule and each team’s definition of improvement are the contributing factors.

In theory, it should be easier to buy improvement of the Oakland Raiders in 2014. In reality, all the factors need to be considered. Every team in the division is unique.

For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—the whole division appears headed in the right direction. The AFC West should be better in 2014, but they could have a worse collective record than last season.

Let's examine each team's chances of improving in 2014.

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