AFC West Analysis: Raiders vs. Chiefs for Supremacy in 2011-2016

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AFC West Analysis: Raiders vs. Chiefs for Supremacy in 2011-2016

After deciding to take a look at the current rosters of the AFC West and seeing a revival of sorts between the Silver & Black and the hated rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs, I decided to look at players who are under 30 and either starting, or expected to start next season. I didn't include any rookies that are considered high risk/high reward, therefore, most of KC's rookies don't really show up on the following list. However, I did include the obvious like Rodney Hudson. Oakland had two rookies who aren't considered risky and are expected to start, Stefen Wisniewski and Joe Barksdale. 

It's interesting to see how close the Raiders and Chiefs are in terms of young, athletic, and, most importantly, good talent.

The following are the players I used for this list: 

Kansas City Chiefs (starters are in bold): 

Tony Moeaki

Jamaal Charles

Brandon Carr

Glenn Dorsey

Brandon Flowers

Branden Albert

Dwayne Bowe

Tamba Hali

Derrick Johnson

Matt Cassel

Eric Berry

Jon Asomoah

Kendrick Lewis

Rodney Hudson

Derrick Johnson

Ryan Lilja

Javier Arenas

Dexter McCluster 

Total: 15 starters under 30

 

Oakland Raiders (starters in bold): 

Jacoby Ford

Matt Shaughnessey

Lamarr Houston

Zach Miller

Rolando McClain

Darren McFadden

Kamerion Wimbley

Nnamdi Asomogha

Desmond Bryant

Tyvon Branch

Bruce Campbell

Mike Mitchell

Louis Murphy

Jared Veldheer

Marcel Reece

Michael Bush

Trevor Scott

Michael Huff

Stefan Wisniewski

Joe Barksdale

Taiwan Jones

Total: 17 starters under 30 

 

How do these compare? Check out the slides. 

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