NFL Season Predictions: AFC West Will be Wild, Wide Open in 2010

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NFL Season Predictions:  AFC West Will be Wild, Wide Open in 2010
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There may be no other division in the NFL as wide open this season as the AFC West.


Last year, rookie head coach Josh McDaniel had the Broncos looking like world beaters when they flew out the gates to a 6-0 start, only to turn around and lose four straight after their bye and winning just one of their final ten games.


The Chiefs also spent 2009 breaking in a new head coach, with former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley taking the reigns from Herm Edwards. Haley spent the entire season ridding the team of a lacking work ethic and purging cancers like running back Larry Johnson from the roster. In turn, the team doubled their win total from 2008, and appear poised for a better 2009 with a young core of highly drafted young players and some of the league's best assistant coaches.


Out in Oakland, despite having a defense that helped it stay in most of their games, the Raiders offense was a game of musical chairs at running back, which was supposed to be the strength of the offense. And while many fans were calling for the end of the Jamarcus Russell era after the 2008 season, it took the organization 11 interceptions in 246 passes and a passer rating of 50.0 to finally see the light. First round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey didn't help either, dropping more passes then he caught last season.


Finally, down in San Diego, the Chargers remained the main benefactor of the rest of the divisions ineptitude going 5-1 against the rest of the division and winning their final 11 games after a 2-3 start.


So what should we all expect from this division in 2010?


One wild ride that will redefine the balance of power in the AFC West.

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