Games that look to be thrillers now could turn out to be absolute duds in a few months. Likewise, a matchup between two scrubs of 2010 could potentially decide a playoff berth in 2011.
Such is the nature of the NFL, and the very reason fans of some teams can express optimism heading into a season even after decades of futility. I, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way.
Despite that, it’s hard not to look ahead at some potentially promising contests. Let’s take a closer look at five games that appear to be critical for one or both teams involved, boast the juiciest storylines or some combination of the two.
Will they live up to that billing? That’s anybody’s guess. But for now, here are the five biggest games involving at least one team from the AFC West this year, in chronological order.