I hope everyone had a great weekend, and it’s time to get back to the business of predicting the AFC. Today, we’re taking a look at the AFC West, a division that has been a thorn in the Jaguars’ side in recent years, especially those games played on the west coast.
San Diego Chargers – (11-5)
I really expect the Chargers to bounce back from one of their most upsetting seasons. They had the number one ranked offense and defense, but they were never able to put it together. The 2010 season had to be considered a failure, but the Chiefs don’t exactly have a choke hold on the division. We should be welcoming the Chargers back to the playoffs in 2011.
Kansas City Chiefs – (9-7)
Is their anyone that really thinks they were the best team in the division in 2011? The Chiefs have been quietly building a solid roster, and I expect them to continue to do so, but they haven’t acquired enough talent to be an annual contender. They’ll be close to a playoff birth, but I wouldn’t hold your breath for a second straight divisional title.
Oakland Raiders – (7-9)
They won all 6 of their divisional games in 2010, and they still only won a total of 8 games. There’s no reason they shouldn’t have won the division, but they failed to do so. Everyone’s aware of their commitment to excellence, but it’s very rarely displayed on the field.
Denver Broncos – (4-12)
This team isn’t very good. Tim Tebow seems like a great guy, but that doesn’t ensure success, especially in the NFL. I expect their defense to struggle, once again, all year, and they’ll have a tough time racking up wins once again in 2011.
*All records are projections.