Oakland Raiders: 4 Reasons Why They Will Win the AFC West and a Playoff Berth

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Oakland Raiders: 4 Reasons Why They Will Win the AFC West and a Playoff Berth
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The AFC West might be the most competitive league in the NFL.

The San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders sit at 4-4, and the Denver Broncos are one game behind at 3-5.

On Sunday afternoon, it looked as if the Chiefs and Raiders would take a one-game lead over the Chargers because of their matchups against the lowly Miami Dolphins and Broncos.

But the Chiefs lost 31-3. And the Raiders were upset by 14 points at home against the Tim Tebow-led Broncos.

The Chargers didn't fare better as they lost to the Packers of Green Bay. In 2011, all four teams in the AFC West have two things in common that has plummeted the AFC West to the bottom-dwellers of the NFL—all four teams are in the bottom seven in overall defense.

And all four teams have had deplorable quarterback play.

As it stands, Tim Tebow is the only starting quarterback in the AFC West who has fewer turnovers than touchdowns.

And all the starting quarterbacks have lower QB ratings than rookies Cam Newton (87.1) and Andy Dalton (85.0).

Philip Rivers: 81.4 (QB Rating)

Tim Tebow: 80.1 (QB Rating)

Matt Cassell: 77.8 (QB Rating)

Carson Palmer: 53.9 (QB Rating)

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