This is arguably the most competitive division in the NFL. The Broncos will once again dominate, how can you not when you have Peyton Manning in your team, but don’t write off the other teams. They will definitely surprise.
Here is my preview of the four team in the AFC West:
Coach: John Fox
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium (not the most catchy name)
Life just isn’t fair. But is it really fair that the Broncos picked up DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib this off season? Their team is already almost flawless. Defense is more than handy and then they have #18. Who knows what would have happened if he had caught the first snap of the last season’s Super Bowl? Eric Decker’s gone, but I think I could play WR and Manning would make me look good. They’ll be in Arizona.
Key departures: RB Knowshon Moreno, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, WR Eric Decker
Key arrivals: DE DeMarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib, WR Emmanuel Sanders, rookie WR Cody Latimer
Kansas City Chiefs
Coach: Andy Reid
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
We’re not in San Franciso anymore Toto, we’re in Kansas. You wouldn’t Reid about the transformation of this team last season and apart from Andy stamping his class, Alex Smith was incredible. The Chiefs were the biggest improvers in the NFL and while they’ve lost a few pieces they’ve still got their big chief- Jamaal Charles. People may have their Bowe and arrows out about this team, but no one gave them a chance last year. Let’s just see if they hit the bullseye.
Key losses: OT Branden Albert, G Jon Asamoah, KR/DB Quintin Demps, DE Tyson Jackson, FS Kendrick Lewis, WR/KR Dexter McCluster, DT Jerrell Powe, OL Geoff Schwartz, CB Brandon Flowers
Key arrivals: WR Weston Dressler, rookie OLB Dee Ford, OL Jeff Linkenbach, ILB Joe Mays, CB Chris Owens, rookie RB De’Anthony Thomas, DL Vance Walker
San Diego Chargers
Coach: Mike McCoy
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
The Chargers are just a mystery. They can be hideous to watch and then all of a sudden they play like possible Super Bowl champs. They are a punters nightmare and make being a fan even more painful. Who knows if they will be up the River without a paddle or riding down the River with plenty of oars in the water. They surprised last year and could do anything this year.
Coach: Dennis Allen
Stadium: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Raiders of the lost Ark. They were just lost Raiders last year. Noah took one of each animal on his ark and Oakland have picked up old heads on their ark this year with the hope of finding instant success. Many teams try and rebuild with youth, but Oakland have gone the opposite way. Matt Schaub and MJD are the big purchases. Not quite sure they are a priceless Mastercard moment and we will see if “the price is right”. Their schedule is arguably the hardest in the NFL and the most vocal fans in the comp will need to be at their loudest to get their team over the line.
Key arrivals: QB Matt Schaub, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, DE Justin Tuck, OT Austin Howard, LB Lamarr Woodley, DE Antonio Smith, G Kevin Boothe, WR James Jones, DE C.J. Wilson, T Donald Penn, CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers