|11-07-2006, 02:56 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
NFLís powerhouse division? AFC West
Chargers loaded with talent, Broncos balanced and Chiefs now dangerous
With every team having played half its games, itís time to look at the NFLís real power structure.
Sure, sure, the Colts appear to be the class of the AFC and despite their loss, the Bears have emerged in the NFC. But weíre talking group efforts here. Weíre talking the best NFL divisions.
Weíre talking about the AFC West. Got a problem with the AFC West?
Pick a better division. The evidence is pretty clear, but go ahead, anyway. There is power out West. There are three teams with a winning record. No other division can claim that. Take out Oakland and you have one powerful group.
San Diego and Denver are both 6-2. Kansas City is 5-3 and a combined record of 17-7. All three of these teams can advance to the postseason. San Diego and Denver could both make serous noise. Kansas City, with its offensive power, will be a tough out come January.
It will be an interesting next few weeks as they start playing each other.
Denver and San Diego play in the altitude under the Sunday night lights on Nov. 19. Four nights later, the Broncos visit Kansas City in a Thanksgiving Day game. As we learn more about these teams in the coming weeks, we also get to marvel at their serious weapons.
The Chargers have perhaps the most talented, star studded roster in the NFL. Four players, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, linebacker Shawne Merriman (who has three more games remaining on his NFL steroid suspension) and defensive tackle Jamal Williams are at the top or hugging the top of their prospective positions.
Denver is a balanced team. Its offense has awakened the past two weeks, scoring 31 points against the Colts and the Steelers, respectively. Its defense, led by the incomparable Champ Bailey, makes big plays.
Kansas City, under the guidance of Herman Edwards, has been the surprise. After a sluggish start and a serious head injury to quarterback Trent Green, this team has come alive. Backup quarterback Damon Huard has been much better than expected, running back Larry Johnson is nasty and the defense has been much improved.
In any other division, the Chiefs could rule.
But itís the AFC West. Itís not just any division.
Colts are in fine, fine shape
While we focus on the underrated AFC West, itís time to state a more obvious case. The Colts are sitting pretty.
Who knows what will happen comes playoff time in the AFC, but this is clear with the half the regular season remaining, the Super Bowl berth in the conference is going through Indianapolis.
The Colts canít get enough credit for what they have done in recent weeks.
After starting 6-0, the team had identity games with back-to-back road games at Denver and New England, the two other top teams in the AFC.
They were the better team on the field in both games and ended the nasty back-to-back task with two wins. The reward? The Colts become the only 8-0 team in the NFL.
With Denver and New England both 2-0 both teams are two games and the a tiebreaker away from overtaking the Colts. Itís not going to happen.
Of course, we know from last season, the Colts, who started 13-0 in 2005, that the home-field advantage doesnít necessarily mean anything. But, at this point, it is all anything can play for.
And until January, at least, the Colts are in a great spot.
|11-07-2006, 03:07 AM||#2|
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ceti Alpha V
Hey Chief and Charger fans: Way to represent. I'll seldom admit it, but when I meet a fan who is going off about how the NFC East or South is better than our division, I go to the wall for you guys and you wouldn't believe the the stuff that comes out of my mouth. I'd rather play in a tough division than a weak one or an average one that is overhyped...like the NFC East.
Raiders still suck though. And I hope you all do your part to keep it that way!
Chiefs suck too.
|11-07-2006, 03:54 AM||#3|
I'm gay for the Broncos!
Join Date: Oct 2005
all @ same time
AFC West is a tough division, but 3 out of 4 teams crumble in the post season.
|11-07-2006, 05:52 AM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Not far enough from the Hurricane Belt!
|11-07-2006, 06:08 AM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The Styxx, D.C.
I think the AFC West is strongest overall. Even the Raiders could cause damage if they had ANY offense, because their defense is actually playing well.
I don't buy the Colts being the 'class' of the AFC, since other teams have beaten them before in the conference. And they wouldn't be 8-0 in the AFC West, either. They get a free run every year because of the weak AFC South.
|11-07-2006, 09:17 AM||#6|
"Nemo Me Impune Lacessit"
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Northern California
SD is going to beat the Colts in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Mark my words. Denver is going to send them sprawling to the canvas in two weeks however they will still make the playoffs.
They are the one team I think that has a huge percentage to beat the Colts in their home. And they'll do it.
6. KC (hate to say this but the two other contenders Jax and Cincy both have to travel to KC)
KC will lose at NE, SD will beat Baltimore in Baltimore. NE will come to Denver AGAIN and lose in front of the Mile High faithful, SD will roll into Indy and knock them off in the RCA Dome.
It will set up a AFC Championship game in Denver versus SD in Denver where we own them. DENVER will win and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
|11-07-2006, 09:24 AM||#7|
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|11-07-2006, 09:28 AM||#8|
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