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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2012-2013 NFL Preview: AFC West

The Chargers and Broncos will be fighting for first place the entire season.  If Peyton Manning can stay healthy the Broncos will win this division because with his leadership and experience it instantly makes the Broncos better.  The Chargers did improve their defense in the draft, and were able to sign WRs Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem in the offseason. With these key offseason moves the Chargers will win 10 or more games this season.  The Kansas City Chiefs will have at most seven wins this season because they aren’t an improved team from last season, and because they are playing in a tougher division. The Oakland Raiders will struggle to be a .500 team because they have a tough schedule, they play in a tougher division, and they lost key players, like Michael Bush in free agency.   This division will be a two team race the entire season, with the Broncos winning the division.  

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

2012-2013 NFL Preview: AFC South

The AFC South is the weakest division in the AFC.  The Texans will win this division for a second straight season even though they won’t be as good as last year, since Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans are gone.  They will need key players such as Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson to stay healthy, since they have been injury prone in years past, if they want to improve their record from last season.  The Tennessee Titans will finish second but they will struggle to be a .500 team because they have a tough schedule, and they didn’t do much in the offseason to improve their team.  The Colts won’t be very good but with Andrew Luck they will be an improved team from last year.  At the bottom of the South division will be the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will be awful this season.  If there is one team that could lose every game this season it is the Jags because they don’t have any good, proven players besides Maurice Jones-Drew that can help them win this year.  If lucky the Jags will one or two games this season.  The Texans will win this division by two or three games but I don’t see them going very far in the playoffs.

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2012-2013 NFL Preview: AFC North

The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the two best teams in the AFC North and they will battle the whole season for first place.  These teams will be very close but the Ravens will win this division.  The Ravens have a bit of an easier schedule with a better running game and defense, which will carry them throughout the season.  The Steelers offense needs to be able to run the ball a lot better and their offensive line needs to protect Big Ben if they want to be a complete and competitive team.  For a second consecutive season the Bengals and the Browns will be at the bottom of the AFC North division.  The Bengals had a good season last year but they got lucky to have nine wins because they didn't beat a single playoff team.  I expect the Bengals to be an average team this season and at most they will win seven or eight games.  There is no question that the Browns are awful and that they will only end up with at most three wins.  The Browns offense will struggle with a rookie quarterback in Brandon Weeden, but their defense will be the strength of their team.  Even with a average defense and a good offensive line I can't see them improving their record from last season.  This division will be a two team race the whole season but the Ravens will this division.

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2012-2013 NFL Preview: AFC East

The AFC East will not be a very competitive division this season.  The Patriots will win this division again this season with 12 or 13 wins, and the Bills will come in second with 10 wins.  I don't expect the Jets or the Dolphins to be very competitive teams this season, and both of them will have a below .500 record.  For the Patriots to be a great team they have to improve their defense from last year, and they need to be able to run the ball more consistently.  The Bills improved their defense and were able to keep some of their explosive offensive talent this offseason, and they will be an improved team from last season.  The Jets and Dolphins won't be competitive become they have below average quarterbacks and awful offenses.  With the easiest schedule in the NFL, the Patriots will win the AFC East.

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