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Top Contenders for AFC West

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    The Denver Broncos have always been a top contender in the AFC West. I don't think this year will be any different. Peyton Manning isn't as quick as he once was, but I am sincerely hoping this will be his year to win. He has a strong connection with his offense, and a good strong defense. Along with Manning's skill, it makes for another nice year for them. Unfortunately, "nice" doesn't get you to the Super Bowl. The Broncos will have to try a bit harder this year.

    Another AFC West team that has its sights set on the top, is the Chargers. Phillip Rivers seems to be getting better and better each year. Their main weapon (to me) is Melvin Gordon, the NCAA’s leading rusher last season. Although I think that the Chargers really want to be up there with the Broncos, I don't see it happening.

    Finally, the team that I think have the best chance at this years Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs. They need to keep their wall of a defense healthy. Unlike last year's unlucky string of events. They also need to be a bit better on their passing game. Put those two things together, you have a unbeatable team this year. Considering how last year went for the Chiefs, I think Smith wants the SB more than anyone this year.

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    I agree that the AFC West is the Bronco's to lose. Kansas City and San Diego are showing some potential, but I don't see them overtaking the Bronco's this year. They are just too good.

    It would also be nice to see Manning get some redemption for his absolutely horrendous Super Bowl showing earlier this year. That was an embarrassment and I'm sure he had a pretty bad taste in his mouth for awhile. Now we will have to see if he's able to recover from that abysmal showing or if it did permanent damage he'll never be able to recover from.

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    I am really interested in seeing how the Broncos will fair this season. Everyone is saying they are transitioning into a run first offense. And by the looks of the last 4 or 5 games of last season, there is every reason to believe that.

    Add the fact that the replaced their head coach with a guy that loves to run the ball, Gary Kubiak, and that's a recipe for Peyton to be playing a somewhat subdued version of himself, in what is likely his last season in the NFL.

    They are supposed to have a great defense this year, so I do see them being the team to beat in that division for sure. I have serious doubts that KC can turn the corner. And Oakland and San Diego to me are not even in the same conversation of talent and ability.

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    I'm worried about Peyton. He looks way off to me. I think it will come down to Broncos and KC, with Broncos barely edging them. Expect a boring division race though, with LOTS o running and defense winning these games.
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    big14con Wrote: I'm worried about Peyton. He looks way off to me. I think it will come down to Broncos and KC, with Broncos barely edging them. Expect a boring division race though, with LOTS o running and defense winning these games.
    I agree that this will be a boring division race. And I share your concerns about Peyton. I know he wants redemption for last year's Super Bowl appearance, but I just don't know if he has it in him to win it all this year.
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    Uhh.. I think I have to change my opinion after Week 1. We have so far seen all in this division play 1 game. Denver won. Chiefs won. Chargers won. And not surprisingly the Raiders lost, badly.

    Of the 3 winners, the Chiefs looked far and away like the best team. And I see no reason why that trend can't continue for the entire season. In contrast, Peyton looked just plain medicore to bad. Denver has a great defense, but a weak to average offense. And the opposite is true for the Chargers. Rivers and comany were great. But their defense is easily exploited.

    So I think the Chiefs will own this division this year. They are solid at every single category. And now they finally have a threat at WR. Plus, holy crap was Kelce awesome in Week 1. If he stays healthy, he is going to continue to be unstoppable.