Of course, it's where you're ranked at the end of the season that counts the most.
"Be on time, pay attention, and play like Hell when I tell you to" - John Madden's three and only rules.
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Eh, we finished 17th last year and I remember reading an ESPN ranking that had us at 24. I think we'll end up about middle of the pack again.
This dmauke guy is a idiot why are you even a member here? go back to the Hargers forum everything he types is freaking stupid and doesn't make sense.
Denver has the wildcard with Peyton Manning. If he stays healthy and plays like he did 3 years ago then well, they will separate from the pack. I don't think thats going to be the case. I think Manning will show flashes here and there, but I think its going to be his worst season statistically and worst season health wise. I think he will get hit early and often and probably wont play a full 16 games. New OC for first time in career, outdoors, cold weather, inconsistent below average pass blocking oline.
Chargers. Not a bad team, but they will find a way to go 8-8 maybe 9-7. Norv will make sure they dont separate from the pack.
KC has the last place schedule and IMO the best overall D in the division (at least going into the season). If Jammal Charles stays healthy, and their D doesnt regress they could win the division. When they won it in 2010 they AVERAGED close to 200 rushing ypg in their 10 wins. They also have the least chance to advance in the playoffs out of all 4 AFC west teams because they dont have a QB. There will be games Charles cant get going and they will loose those games.
Oakland. I think there are a lot of similarities with KC. If McFadden stays healthy and our D improves ( It will) then we could easily win the division. But lets be realistic. Just like Manning probably wont make it an entire year neither will Mcfadden. He hasnt yet. But even if he doesnt that wont automatically eliminate us. Palmer and the WRs will improve as will the D. How much, I dont know. I think Dennis Allen really gets this team focused and disciplined and that will go far in keeping us in a position to win games that in the past we wouldnt be in.
Its so early so I will take the safe route and say all 4 teams will finish between 7-9 and 10-6.
Then you change both schemes entirely, and because of the salary cap issue it's going to take a few season's to change the talent to fit them. On top of that because of the salary cap issue there is very little depth abroad.
It will take the team time to make all these adjustments. Then look at the schedule, it's not exactly about who the Raiders play, it's when and where. It's a difficult schedule.
I think they will compete, but I feel that this is a transitional year and the record will reflect it. Not that they can't win over 8 games, I just wouldn't bet money on it happening. I'm hoping to see improvements in fundamentals, discipline, and effort. A change in culture regardless of the record is a huge step in the right direction.
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