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2011 AFC West Preview Predictions and Betting Picks

NFL 2011 Preview: AFC West Preview, Predictions & Betting Picks

If you bet on sports then you know the surprises that happened in the AFC West last season. The San Diego Chargers consistently had the best offense and defense in all of football last year but could not make the playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs came out of nowhere and dominated the division while the Oakland Raiders made a respectable showing. The Denver Broncos continued to mire themselves in controversy and bad coaching decisions that had an effect on the team and the performance on the field.
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This year, the AFC West may be a bit more wide open as the Chargers made some interesting personnel changes while the Broncos continue to mismanage an extremely talented roster. The season could start off as a free-for-all in the AFC West, but when it is all said and done, the Chargers will make the statement this year that they should have made last year.

San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers surprised the bet online football fans in San Diego by letting running back Darren Sproles sign with the New Orleans Saints in the off-season, leaving unproven second-year running back Ryan Mathews to carry the load. Mathews was the 12th pick overall in the 2010 draft, but an early injury put the season in the hands of Sproles. Now that Sproles is gone Mathews is on his own, and the Chargers are looking for Mathews to live up to his potential. The Chargers still have one of the best defensive units in the NFL, and fans can look for San Diego to live up to the hype this season.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs drafted wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin in the first round of the 2011 draft to try and avoid being one-dimensional in the 2011 season. Teams were able to start shutting down the Kansas City running game towards the end of the 2010 season, and that will be a problem for Kansas City in 2011. If the Raiders could find a quarterback other than Jason Campbell, then the Raiders may be the pick to finish second in the AFC West. But the Chiefs should be able to hang in there and may even pick up a wild card spot.

Oakland Raiders

Last season, the Raiders forced their way into the horse betting going on in the AFC divisional race. The Raiders are on the verge of being a very good football team, but they just cannot find any stability at the quarterback position. Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell were in and out as the starting QB. When Gradkowski went to Cincinnati, Campbell got the job by default. Jason Campbell did not win the starting quarterback job in Oakland, and that will be one of the downfalls for the Raiders this season.

Denver Broncos

The betonline football fans in Denver are a long way from the John Elway-Mike Shanahan days. Even though quarterback Kyle Orton has consistently shown the ability to be the starting quarterback in Denver, the Broncos insist on showcasing Tim Tebow and allowing trade rumors about Orton to persist. Tim Tebow is not an NFL starting quarterback and he is not the clone of John Elway that the Broncos’ front office thinks he is. As long as the Broncos continue to tear their team apart with bad coaching and front office decisions, there is no way Denver can be competitive.

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