The Chiefs are, what appears to be, one of the better teams in the AFC West. They have some key players including Comeback Player of the Year Eric Berry,and running back Jamaal Charles, who looks on track to come back on time and return to his old self. The injury to Justin Houston was shocking, but the team is hopeful that he will be back in time.
Denver will be a completely different team than a year earlier. Not only did it lose Peyton Manning to retirement but it lost his replacement, Brock Osweiler, to the Houston Texans. The Broncos offensive line got a little better with the signing of Russell Okung, but it lost Evan Mathis. Their defense lost Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. However, they still have Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and an older but still good, DeMarcus Ware. Denver is different and so will it be as good as last year? Probably not.
San Diego it would seem is still in the middle of the pack. They did add wide receiver Travis Benjamin who brings speed and good hands for quarterback Philip Rivers. They also re-signed the great Antonio Gates for another two years. It would seem for the Chargers to be more about now rather than fortifying their team for the future.
The Oakland Raiders are on the rise, signing former Chiefs corner Sean Smith and guard Kelechi Osemele. They have made good solid movies with their ample cap space. The Raiders may have only gone 7-9 last year, but they are the team that is truly trending upwards in both the NFL and the AFC West. The Raiders are by far the biggest competition for the Chiefs for the AFC West crown in 2016.
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