Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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NFC WestPredicted RecordLast Years Record
Chargers11-513-3
Broncos7-98-8
Raiders6-105-11
Chiefs5-114-12
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San Diego Chargers
Key Additions: Josh Reed, Randy McMichael, William Tra Thomas, Nathan Vasher, Donald Strickland. Ryan Mathews, Donald Butler, Darrell Stuckey, Cam Thomas

Key Losses: Charlie Whitehurst, LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Bennett, Kassim Osgood, Brandon Manunaleuna, Eric Ghiaciuc, Jamal Williams, Ian Scott, Tim Dobbins, Antonio Cromartie, Kevin Ellison

Week 1@ ChiefsWeek 9@ Texans
Week 2vs. JaguarsWeek 11vs. Broncos
Week 3@ SeahawksWeek 12@ Colts
Week 4vs. CardinalsWeek 13vs. Raiders
Week 5@ RaidersWeek 14vs. Chiefs
Week 6@ RamsWeek 15vs. 49ers
Week 7vs. PatriotsWeek 16@ Bengals
Week 8vs. TitansWeek 17@ Broncos

The San Diego Chargers will be playing without LT for the first time since 2000 and without Vincent Jackson for the first three games. Relying on a rookie RB and only one real proven receiver(Antonio Gates), we will see just how good Philip Rivers really is early on. The Chargers can go 3-0 or 2-1 without Vincent Jackson and they will win this division; they have the easiest schedule in the league.  It should be fun to watch Ryan Matthews early in the season against the Chiefs, Jaguars and Seahawks as he should be able to rack up plenty of yards and TDs. 

Denver Broncos

Key Additions: Brady Quinn, LenDale White, Maurice Williams, Jarvis Green, Justin Bannan, Jamal Williams, Joe Mays, Akin Ayodele, Nate Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Tim Tebow, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Eric Decker, Perrish Cox, Eric Olsen.

Key Losses: J.J. Arrington, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, Ben Hamilton, Casey Wiegmann, Kenny Peterson, Andra Davis, Ty Law

Week 1@ JaguarsWeek 10vs. Chiefs
Week 2vs. SeahawksWeek 11@ Chargers
Week 3vs. ColtsWeek 12vs. Rams
Week 4@ TitansWeek 13@ Chiefs
Week 5@ RavensWeek 14@ Cardinals
Week 6vs. JetsWeek 15@ Raiders
Week 7vs. RaidersWeek 16vs. Texans
Week 8@ 49ersWeek 17vs. Chargers

In two seasons, the Broncos went from one of the best QB/WR combos (Jay Cutler/Brandon Marshall) to the worst (Kyle Orton/??).  This team will be running the ball and running the ball often.  The defense is what will make or break this team.  They only allowed 315 ypg last year but are without stud linebacker Elvis Dumervil for the season(Reports are saying he is expected to return sometime this season but no date).  Denver should be an interesting team to follow as Tim Tebow will be waiting on the sidelines for his chance in the NFL.  EVERYONE will be watching when he takes his first snap under center. 

Oakland Raiders

Key Additions: Jason Campbell, Michael Bennett, Rock Cartwright, Daniel Loper, John Henderson, Quentin Groves, Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain, Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell, Jacoby Ford, Walter McFadden, Travis Goethel

Key Losses: JaMarcus Russell, Justin Fargas, Gary Russell, Cornell Green, Greg Ellis, Gerard Warren, Jon Alston, Kirk Morrison, Isaiah Ekejiuba

Week 1@ TitansWeek 9vs. Chiefs
Week 2vs. RamsWeek 11@ Steelers
Week 3@ CardinalsWeek 12vs. Dolphins
Week 4vs. TexansWeek 13@ Chargers
Week 5vs. ChargersWeek 14@ Jaguars
Week 6@ 49ersWeek 15vs. Broncos
Week 7@ BroncosWeek 16vs. Colts
Week 8vs. SeahawksWeek 17@ Chiefs

I love the Jason Campbell trade and think he will have a huge impact on a bad team.  The Raiders are a team built to run, but they did not have a QB who could throw(JaMarcus Russell).  Campbell is a smart QB who makes good decisions, and rarely turns the ball over.  He will not be throwing the long ball very often, but he will make quick short throws to speedy receivers who can hopefully create their own space in open field.  Expect big numbers from TE Zach Miller as Campbell loves his TEs.  This should open up some running lanes for RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush and might be the year the Raiders surprise everyone.  Don't bet on it thought, they are Raiders. 

Kansas City Chiefs

Veteran Additions: Thomas Jones, Jerheme Urban, Ryan Lilja, Casey Wiegmann, Shaun Smith, Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Jos Asamoah, Tony Moeaki, Kendrick Lewis, Cameron Sheffield

Key Losses: Kolby Smith, Bobby Wade, Mike Goff, Andy Alleman, Wade Smith

Week 1vs. ChargersWeek 10@ Broncos
Week 2@ BrownsWeek 11vs. Cardinals
Week 3vs. 49ersWeek 12@ Seahawks
Week 5@ ColtsWeek 13vs. Broncos
Week 6@ TexansWeek 14@ Chargers
Week 7vs. JaguarsWeek 15@ Rams
Week 8vs. BillsWeek 16vs. Titans
Week 9@ RaidersWeek 17vs. Raiders

The Chiefs were terrible against both the pass and the run last season, and they did not do much to help themselves this off season.  They have drafted defense in past seasons and are planning on players like Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson to develop, which is highly possible.  Brandon Flower is really developing at the CB position and rookie Eric Berry will start at S right away.  The defense is young and will get beat, but they have lots of potential.  On the offensive side of the ball, Thomas Jones was a great signing to help spell Jamaal Charles of some carries and for mentoring purposes.  Chris Chambers was acquired last season and put up good numbers(36 for 608 4TDs)in his 9 games.  He will get more open looks this year as Dwayne Bowe will lineup opposite him.    The Chiefs are not ready to come out from last place yet, but they have some pieces they can work with for the future.

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