Our final NFL preview takes a look at the AFC West. Can Alex Smith throw a pass to a wide receiver? Can Peyton Manning fit into a new offense? Will Philip Rivers have another child before I finish typing this sentence? And the Raiders…they still have a team, right?
|11-5||The Broncos fired head coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak after the disappointment in the playoffs last season. Team President John Elway has made it clear that the goal is Super Bowl victory or bust. Of course you know QB Peyton Manning is going to prepare like he is a rookie every single year. Say what you will about the future Hall of Famer but success has not given him a swollen head. Nature did that.|
|Kansas City Chiefs||10-6||Tired of the inconsistent play of WR Dwayne Bowe the Chiefs allowed him to leave and instead signed the speedy Jeremy Maclin. They also have Jason Avant, TE Travis Kelce, and RB Jamaal Charles who should finally be fully healthy. Of course they will have QB Alex Smith shot-putting the ball out to them so does it really matter?|
|San Diego Chargers||9-7||After all of the talk about Philip Rivers leaving San Diego the Chargers were able to lock him up with a four year deal worth $65 million dollars. They also drafted RB Melvin Gordon out of Wisconsin to shore up their 30th ranked run offense. Drafting a running back out of Wisconsin with he hopes he can change your team…what could possibly go wrong with that? (Michael Bennett, Ron Dayne, Montee Ball, Terrell Fletcher, Brian Calhoun, Carl McCullough, Brent Moss)|
|Oakland Raiders||6-10||We keep hearing about how wonderful QB Derek Carr was as a rookie. Yet the Raiders ranked 32nd in total offense and rushing offense, 31st in scoring offense and their passing offense wasn’t much better coming in at 26th. I think this just shows how expectations in Oakland have changed. And to further prove that point is the fact that Raider fans are looking at this right now and saying “six wins would be awesome!”|
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