As we approach the 2010 NFL Season, I will be taking a look at each division and making my predictions. Before I get started there’s one thing that looms on the horizon and that is a possible lockout or strike in 2011. If you don’t understand what the problem is with the NFL that could lead to a strike or lockout, take a look at this article as it explains it pretty well.
If a strike or lockout happens and part or all of a season is missed, it would kill the NFL for a few years.
Today I look at the AFC West : Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the San Diego Chargers.
As many readers know, I am a diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan. It’s been a tough few years for me, watching my team win no more than four games a year from 2007-2009.
Couple that with my hatred of the Chargers, Raiders, and Broncos and it has been a tough few years.
The bad days are over in Kansas City. We don’t have enough talent to make it to the Promised Land in 2010, but we’ll see remarkable improvement from the Chiefs. The Chiefs added Charlie Weis (Notre Dame) as their Offensive Coordinator and Romeo Crennel (Cleveland) as their Defensive Coordinator. This is their first season with the Chiefs and head coach Todd Haley’s second year, so don’t look for miracles, just steady improvement and look for the Chiefs to knock off some of the powerhouses in the NFL.
The Chiefs’ offense played well the second half of last season giving up less sacks and finding a running back. Look for that to continue with the addition of Thomas Jones from the Jets to compliment Jamaal Charles and with Weis calling the plays.
The Chiefs’ defense will be better with Crennel calling the shots and with the addition of first-rounder Eric Berry at Safety, but the defense will be the weak spot.
The Chiefs will go 8-8 or 9-7 in 2010, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not the Coors Light Silver Bullet train, either. The Chiefs will make the playoffs in 2011.
The San Diego Chargers will win the AFC West again, but they will not win 13 games. They are where the Chiefs will be in two years. Look for the Chargers to come in at 12-4 or 11-5.
By the way, the Chargers will lose the Monday Night opener (September 13) at the new and improved Arrowhead Stadium in front of 80,000 Chiefs fans. The sea of red will be too much for Phillip Rivers, his mouth, and the Chargers.
The Oakland Raiders will finish 6-10 or 7-9 in 2010. They will show improvement. They will not be an easy victory for visiting teams this year.
The slide will continue for the Denver Broncos. They will start fast and fail late as they did last year. They will fight it out with the Raiders for third place in the AFC West. After 12 games, the Broncos will start Tim Tebow at QB to prepare him for 2011. (6-10 or 7-9)