Aug 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) speak following a 40-10 preseason victory by the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Superbowl XLVIII Will Be an Old School AFC West Showdown


In case you just started watching football in the last few years, or only have been following the Kansas City Chiefs since Alex Smith came in from San Francisco this season, you may not know that there used to be five teams in the AFC West. Those teams were the Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders and…the Seattle Seahawks.

Between the 2001 and 2002 seasons, the NFL went under a realignment that created four divisions in each conference and forced the Seahawks from AFC West to the NFC West.

Thus, for the first time ever, two former division rivals will face each other in the Superbowl.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has all but said that he won’t be retiring after this season, so there’s no need to root for the Mile High team in the hopes that their record breaking QB will ride off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy.

That leaves us Addicts — at least this Addict — rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, because there will be some satisfaction in the record breaking season that was the 2013 Denver Broncos come to a screeching halt at the hands of the upstart Seahawks, their young quarterback Russell Wilson and their potentially overrated “Legion of Boom.”

What do you think, Addicts? Who are you cheering for this year?

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  • Blake Molina

    Absolutely cheering for the Seahawks. Of course you can have you opinion on Richard Sherman, but I hope Denver loses

    • Jason Seibel

      You mean the greatest cornerback in the league? Don’t disrespect him. He almost ate poor Erin Andrews and she didn’t even do anything but ask him a question.

      • SoCalChiefsFan

        The guy has a small ego, huh!!? I hope Crabtree burns him for 400 yards and 4 td’s next season when he gets completely healthy and back to full speed!

        • Bizoza

          Really not much different than the other egos floating around the league. I want to see Denver lose, but not as much as I want to see Manning face, maybe he could skulk off the field after the game like he did against the Saints. A man can dream.

        • Calchiefsfan

          I wonder if Crabtree had caught that pass if he would have been in Sherman’s face? He’s not known for being an especially humble guy, lol.

  • SoCalChiefsFan

    As much as it pains me to say, Go SeaChickenz! I was going for New England as well as San Francisco today but frankly I will take anyone over the Broncos!

  • T.Hagen

    Can’t describe how much hate and discontent I have for the donkey’s. I hope Seattle, which I don’t much care for either, spanks the donkey’s and injures egghead.

  • erocks49ers

    The 9ers needed Alex Smith. Running QBs never stand up in the big game

    • berttheclock

      Geez, you mean they needed a “game manager”?

      • erocks49ers

        yup. a 38 point scoring game manager

  • tomflex

    I will never cheer for a team that has John Elway pulling the strings and I will never cheer for a team that has Manning at Quarterback….My biggest disappointment this year is that we didn’t get at least one win against them at home especially Losing to Denver is not OK and rooting for them is just as bad..

  • Dave

    Well I know that AA wants to keep it civil but F the Broncos, F Elway for sure, and F Manning. The smug king of the world has rubbed off of Manning and Elway and onto every player in Denver. Sure Sherman is a prick but so is Moreno, Peyton, Elway, Decker, Thomas, and Welker. They all carry on like they have already won fifty superbowls. F em all

  • Scott N Liz Barnes

    Six teams, the Oakland Raiders were and still are in the AFC west.

  • Canad-Ian

    I hate both teams. I like Champ Bailey, but not enough to want Denver to win. I want Eli to stay a ring ahead of Peyton. Also Cooper one miracle season away from tying Peyton.

  • Juan Heath

    I don’t know if I really care who wins … but I would absolutely LOVE to see both teams wearing retro jerseys for the Super Bowl.

    Too bad the No Fun League probably wouldn’t even consider it.

    Gonna be a great subplot for the next two weeks, all the old school AFC West memories!

  • Calchiefsfan

    The thing is I’m an AFC guy and I always root for the AFC in the Super Bowl. I also like the fact that the AFC West is now dominant. I want to keep it that way.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’m just an AFC guy, I always root for the AFC in the Super Bowl. I also like the fact that the AFC West is now the dominant division, I want to keep it that way.

  • J_r0kk

    I had the chance to move to Colorado once. I couldn’t bring myself to do it because Denver is there. Cheer for the donkeys? I’d rather stick needles under my fingernails.

  • jimfromkcj

    I would really have some hate for myself if I let a game become so important to me that I would have all the hate that appears here. I wonder sometimes if it is somehow trying to show what a big fan you are to spew all the hate for your betters. And yes, John Elway is our better. He beat us regularly and took the Broncos to the super bowl more times than we have ever made it. He has also proven he is more football savvy in the front office than we have ever been. What I can’t understand is why the hate isn’t pointed at the Hunt family who have used the Chiefs as a cash cow all these years and is the real reason why the Broncos and sundry other franchises are better than us.