AFC West Outlook Team by Team
The AFC West was handed a tough schedule this year. They play the NFC East, AFC North and one team from the AFC South, depending on where they placed in the division. Can we argue that this is the toughest schedule anyone can have outside their own division? The Chargers won the division with eight wins, five of those wins came from within the division, outside the division they had a 3-7 record. Let's take a look at every team to see how they could fair.
Many could argue that the Broncos are least likely to win the AFC West. With an 8-8 record last year and a 3 games losing streak to end the season, nothing seemed to go right.
They lost Mike Shanahan who helped make their offense one of the best in the league last season.
They lost Pro Bowl Quarterback Jay Cutler in the offseason and even though stand out Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall is at camp, he still wants a trade.
Josh Mcdaniels deserves a chance to prove that he knows what he is doing. He was the offensive coordinator for New England when they set records, but he also had Brady, Moss, Welker and company.
Most experts will agree that Kyle Orton is no Tom Brady. So far no Patriot assistant can show they can duplicate success, Mcdaniels could be different. Mike Nolan will be great for the defense that is switching to a 3-4, but they don't have the right players for that scheme just yet. Look for the Broncos to struggle in the first year of the Mcdaniels Era, I believe they go 1-5 within the division.
Kansas City Chiefs
This team is driving me crazy. They will not win seven or eight games, They will either win sixgames or less or nine games or more.
This team has a real strong offense with Matt Cassell, Larry Johnson and Dwayne Bowe, but I'm not sure how there defense will be. They've brought in a lot of veteran guys to help out and have a lot of cap room to bring in more people, so we'll have to watch and see what happens.
Last year they were at the bottom of the division, this year I see them getting 3rd only because of the first half of their schedule. You don't play the Ravens, Raiders Chargers and all the NFC East teams and say its a cake walk.
The Raiders are the easiest team there, but last year they avoided a sweep because somebody thought Janikowski could convert on a third and long fake field goal. This team will be one to keep a close eye on.
San Diego Chargers
This team has all the talent in the world, they are the only team in the AFC West that I could say could compete with any team in the league anytime and anywhere.
I'm still scratching my head as to why they haven't won a superbowl. The last two years they've been slow and have had to finish strong to win the division, this year it will not be very easy for them to do that.
My Super bowl prediction this year, as much as I hate to admit it, is the Eagles vs Chargers simply because there is no way one of the most talented teams in the decade go without playing in a superbowl.
There are no excuses this year for the Chargers, the regular season will make sure they are ready for the playoffs or make it so they are watching the playoffs. There is no way the Chargers can start slow this year. They had the best record in the division last year with only one loss, lets see if that carries over.
The Tom Cable Era officially starts this year with the Interim label taken off. He seems to be saying all the right things.
He's bringing in veterans like Lorenzo Neal, Jeff Garcia and Greg Ellis to show all that young talent they have what it means to work hard and be in the NFL.
Last year they only won two games in the division, but they blew a 4th quarter lead to the Chargers and well, we know what happened against the Chiefs, SeaBass is not a running back.
They ended the season strong with two quality wins, we also have to remember that it is the Raiders, and it has been six years since they haven't lost ten games.
This offseason has been real different for them, even at camp, lets see if that means anything for the season. If the Chiefs don't win ten games, look for the Raiders to win seven to eight games and be in the Race for the division lead in the final month of the season. They will go as far as Jamarcus Russell can take them.