NFL Predictions 2014-AFC West

by Mark Neal posted Aug 15 2014 10:42AM
We will be doing our NFL division predictions, one division at a is the AFC West! Your thoughts and comments are welcome!

Monday: NFC East

1. Denver Broncos...Getting back off of the canvas from their Super Bowl beat down, the Broncos return a strong roster. They had a record breaking offense in 2013, and should be similar in 2014. Peyton Manning still has a few bullets left in that sidearm and has plenty of people to get the ball to as well. Montee Ball must now take the next step in the running game. The defense added some pieces, too...they need to back that great offense. If Denver stays healthy, namely Manning, and the defense keeps guys like Von Miller on the field, they should see another Super Bowl trip in the end.

2. Kansas City Chiefs...Most people have the Chargers here, but I'm rolling dice on Andy Reid. He shows up, adds Alex Smith, and the team turns around the worst record in the NFL. Jamaal Charles can not be asked to repeat 2013, but if he can, look out for KC. The OL is the concern, but Reid always seems to get his teams ready and his players to perform. Things went downhill last season when Tamba Hali and Justin Houston got hurt, and for good reason...they are great pass rushers. Does Smith have another year of magic under center? If so, I like the Chiefs here in 2014.

3. San Diego Chargers...Yes, they made the playoffs in 2013. And yes, they went on the road and beat the Bengals in the 1st Rd...can they repeat that success, maybe? I really like Phillip Rivers. Keenan Allen's year last season came out of nowhere. Mix him in with Ryan Mathews and the future HOFer Antonio Gates, they should be able to score. My interest is the defense. In 2013, the unit was 23rd in the NFL in yards per game, but surrendered just a little over 21 points per game...11th best in the league. That's a bend but don't break defense if I've ever seen one! Another solid performance from that side of the ball, maybe we are talking a return trip to the playoffs?

4. Oakland Raiders...Or should it be the San Antonio Raiders? Or the Los Angeles Raiders...again? The once proud Silver and Black have become a punch line in recent years. Al Davis, once the best most dynamic owner in the league, has passed. His son Mark Davis has now taken over, and business unfortunately seems to be going the same. The offense is basically Darren McFadden and pray for Matt Schaub to be solid. The WR corp requires name tags to realize who they are in 2014. The defense has some great names, including LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, along with future HOFer Charles Woodson and rookie Khalil Mack. This could, I repeat could, be a good group. If so, maybe signs of life will be found...wherever they end up playing. 5 wins though, still seems like the threshold for the Raiders in 2014.
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08/15/2014 10:43AM
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