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JUNE 18th / 2016

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JUNE 13th / 2016

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JUNE 12th / 2016

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JUNE 9th / 2016

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In Focus - the AFC West

We are back to the Wild Wild West days when it comes to both the NFC and AFC West Divisions. This article will take a look at the AFC West division, break down what has changed and will look ahead to possible outcomes for the upcoming campaign. With the reigning Super Bowl champion in house along with a strong Kansas City Chiefs squad, A Chargers team featuring Philip Rivers and the rapidly surging Oakland Raiders team, this could be an incredible season within the division.

Obviously the Denver Broncos are a good squad. After all they did manage to capture the Super Bowl last year. The fact they won the Super Bowl with one of the weakest offenses in Super Bowl history (sorry Peyton Manning), is an even more impressive feat. Manning tossed only 9 touchdowns last year along with 17 interceptions and if it wasn't for a dominating defense in Denver, Manning would not have received his fairie tale ending. The Broncos bench Brock Osweiler for Peyton Manning heading into the playoffs last year despite Osweiler outperforming Manning and Osweiler never forgave them, fleeing to Houston to play for the Texans. The team brought veteran Mark Sanchez in but that hardly inspires confidence so the drafting of Paxton Lynch made a ton of sense. Lynch will be given every chance to win the starting job here and really, any quarterback should be able to match the paltry output of Manning last year.

The Broncos return a very good receiving core and running back stable in 2016 which will help the offense to gain traction. The team almost lost C.J. Anderson but matched the Dolphins offer and the club hopes that Anderson can regain the 2014 form that made him one of the best running backs in football. Defensively, the Broncos are still a juggernaut, although losing DT Malik Jackson and LB Danny Trevathan in free agency will hurt. Von Miller has claimed his stake as the best defensive player in football and there are some exceptional players on this team including DeMarcus Ware, Derek Wolfe, T.J. Ward and Aqib Taleb. This Broncos team could be every bit as scary this season as last year and is certainly still a Super Bowl contender. 12-4 certainly looks within grasp for the Broncos in 2016.

So while the Broncos are still the class of the division, the gap is closing between them and the surging Oakland Raiders squad. The Raiders talent level has exploded and the team improved in the offseason with some shrewd free agent signings including cornerback Sean Smith, linebacker Bruce Irvin and others. The Raiders added a potential star in safety Karl Joseph who is physical and nasty. All of a sudden, this Raiders defense led by linebacker Kahlil Mack appears poised to become a top defensive unit in the NFL.

Offensively the Raiders made huge strides last season and quarterback Derek Carr will continue to grow and improve into this season. His 32 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions in his second season was impressive and if he elevates his game again this season will be considered a top NFL quarterback. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabrtree are a dominating duo at receiver and rookie DeAndre Washington will give the team a legitimate receiver threat at running back. All in all, this was an outstanding offseason for the Raiders and they will make a real push towards a divisional title in 2016. 11-5 is a real possibility for the Raiders as they become relevant in the playoff hunt for the first time since 2002 when they lost to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

While all the focus is on the Denver Broncos and their Super Bowl as well as the suddenly interesting Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs quietly may continue to be as good as both teams. Alex Smith has quietly become the quarterback he was supposed to be when drafted 1st overall by the 49ers back in 2005 and he has become the leader of this team. His 61 touchdowns against only 20 interceptions while with the Chiefs is exciting and he has a few legitimate weapons to get the ball to on offense now with WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Travis Kelce and RB Jamaal Charles being legitimate stars. The Chiefs and not the Broncos were the hottest team in the NFL heading into the postseason last year and gave the Patriots everything they could handle in New England.

The reason I see the Chiefs slipping to 3rd in the division this year is to do with a subpar offseason in which they failed to improve their football team. The free agent signings were weak and I did not love their draft although defensive end Chris Jones could contribute. In a division this tightly contested, a few players could be the difference between winning and losing and the fact is the Raiders added players that will improve them while the Chiefs did not. Expect a 9-7 kind of season and the Chiefs will be in a playoff hunt although may fall just short. Still, they have lots of talent and could once again find lightning in a bottle if everything breaks right for them.

After back to back 9-7 campaigns in San Diego, the Chargers fell off the map last year at 4-12. However there is plenty here to be optimistic about as the Chargers very well may be the best 4-12 team ever. It all starts with Philip Rivers and he is consistent as they come at quarterback. Even in last year's disastrous campaign, Rivers still threw for 4792 passing yards, 29 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. The offense will be in good shape if they can get an horrid rushing attack going as their run blocking was simply atrocious last year. A healthy offensive line will help to jump start Melvin Gordon and this 2nd year running back must play better to help this offense score more points.

The Chargers had a great offseason, adding four free agents that will start and help them improve as well as a wonderful draft. Adding a possible J.J. Watt clone in DE Joey Bosa from Ohio State as well as talented players throughout the draft will jump start a lethargic roster. Honestly, while the Chargers are certainly the forgotten team in this division, they are not far away from making a push to the playoffs. While the Chiefs were stagnant this offseason, the Chargers made several changes to improve them. A winning record is a real possibility in San Diego but conservatively I will put them at 8-8 on the season. I would not be surprised to see them leapfrog past the sleepy Chiefs this year though as the Chargers talent has elevated in a big way.

As you can see by the writeup above, I believe this is going to be a very fun season in the AFC West. All four teams have legitimate reasons for optimism and could push for the playoffs if things break correctly. Heck, the Super Bowl champions could finish fourth if they don't get their quarterback situation figured out. Not likely but anything will be possible in the Wild, Wild West in 2016.



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