After a 2010 AFC West campaign that yielded only one team with 10 wins, 2011 pits the AFC West against much more fierce competition.
In 2010, they played the NFC West and the AFC South, and still no AFC West team could muster more than 10 wins.
The 2011 gauntlet that is the AFC West schedule could give way to a division winner dubbed "the worst of the best," much like the NFC West winner was viewed in the 2010 season.
All AFC West teams will play the following teams:
New England Patriots: 14-2, No.1 seed in the AFC in 2010.
New York Jets: Coming off of back-to-back AFC Championship game births.
Miami Dolphins: Still in search of a real identity, but any given Sunday they can be a handful.
Buffalo Bills: Blown out as many times as they had leads in the fourth quarter in 2010.
Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl Champs.
Chicago Bears: NFC Championship runner up.
Minnesota Vikings: God only knows which team will show up from week to week.
Detroit Lions: Still a joke until they show us otherwise. At least they won some road games in 2010.
In addition, the teams still have to play each other twice.
Also, the AFC West will play one team from both the AFC North and AFC South, depending on 2010 regular season standings: Chiefs v. Colts and Steelers; Chargers v. Ravens and Jaguars; Raiders v. Browns and Texans; and Broncos v. Bengals and Titans.
With the wave of coaching changes in the AFC West and the overall lack of quality among teams in the AFC West, it's hard to imagine any of these teams looking strong in January of 2012.
Anything is possible and every year has a few surprises for NFL fans, but on paper it doesn't look very promising for these teams.