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2012 NFL Preview: AFC West
by Pietro DiSante,posted Sep 1 2012 1:14PM
Ladies and Gentleman, Peyton Manning has returned to the starting line-up in 2012! This time as a Denver Bronco, which I will admit, looks odd, but I am glad he is back. The AFC West could be a four team race this year with the Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders all being pretty average teams. None blow you away, none look too bad though either. I think it will come down to the Broncos and Chargers, but only time will tell.
2012 Prediction: (11-5) You might remember last year, the Broncos finished (8-8), yet won the AFC West and even a playoff game. That was with a quarterback who does not have half the talent that Peyton Manning has. No doubt Manning is 36, coming off an injury, and faced with a tough schedule, but the Broncos will have a good season. The defense had to keep them in games last year, now the defense will have it a bit easier with Manning and the offense scoring more. DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will no doubt benefit from Manning, but no one will benefit more than Willis McGahee. Defenses could put 8 in the box last year, can't do that against Peyton. Unless of course you want to be burned down after down. The Broncos schedule could be the toughest in the league, so it will not be an easy season. Giving them 11 wins might be too much, but I think they can pull it off.
2012 Prediction: (9-7) The San Diego Chargers are kind of like the AFC's version of the Dallas Cowboys. They should do much better than they actually do. Philip Rivers is still a really talented quarterback, Antonio Gates is still a top tight end, but it is hard for me to see them being too good this year. Their running game is too inconsistant with Ryan Matthews, although he showed signs of improvement last year. They have a strong defense, which will keep them in games, but losing Vincent Jackson has to hurt. Norv Turner and AJ Smith's jobs are on the line here, so San Diego will be giving it their all. I am just not sure it will be enough.
2012 Prediction: (9-7) When Head Coach Romeo Crennel took over the Chiefs last year, he made them a tough team, who finished strong. I think that can translate to the 2012 season. My main problem with the Chiefs is Quarterback Matt Cassel. I am just not sold on him. Jamaal Charles is back from injury, which will help, and Dwayne Bowe signed his franchise tender, so they have some weapons. I am just not sure Cassel will be able to use them. The Chiefs' strength is their defense. It will allow the offense to struggle and still stay in the game. If Kansas City can get a balanced attack, I could see them in the playoffs.
2012 Prediction: (6-10) The Raiders looked like they were going in the right direction last year, then things just sort of fell a part. Looks like Quarterback Carson Palmer could be at the end of his road. The trade Cincinnati made last year looks great now, especially with how Andy Dalton is playing. The Raiders still have quality players like Darren McFadden and Richard Seymour, but I don't think it is enough to compete this season.