2013 NFL Preview: AFC West

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Nov 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) is pressured by Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) and linebacker Von Miller (58) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Reasons to be Cautious:

Loss of Dumervil/Von Miller’s Suspension – While Phillips can lessen the blow of the loss of these two, make no mistake, the Denver front 7 is not as good as it was in 2012 with these two missing. However, the defense should have the luxury of playing most games with the lead.

Manning’s Age/Health – Other than the neck injury, Manning has been extremely durable over his career, however, anytime you have a 37-year-old QB, injuries have to be of concern.

Age at Cornerback – They have big first round names (Bailey, DRC, Jammer), however, age is a bit of a concern with Bailey (35) and Jammer (34).

Rahim Moore – Any team that has Rahim Moore listed atop their safety depth chart worries me. I have never seen a safety take a worse angle and make a more boneheaded play on a ball than Moore did in the 2012 playoffs.


I really like this Denver team, however, the 14-2 prediction is as much about the weakness of the AFC competition as much as it is about how good Denver is.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.schroeder.161 Chris Schroeder

    You’re an idiot. Sorry but your delusional take on this article is so head scratching that its beyond ridiculously stupid.

  • TribalX

    SCOTTB obviously doesn’t do any research at all before writing an article. Doesn’t know who Dennis Allen is, says the Raiders defense is better but the team will win less games, thinks the Raiders have the same management team that picked Palmer, thinks McFadden is the only playmaker, thinks Pryor isn’t good enough to start, doesn’t know about the improvements in the secondary and thinks there is no good back-up to Mcfadden.

    Why would you write things for the public to read without knowing the facts?

    • http://12ozprospective.blogspot.com/ Scott Bantel

      Please divulge the facts then. What has Dennis Allen ever done? The Raiders defense is better, but the division is better and their offense is weaker – hence, win less games. Last I checked, Mark Davis over saw the trade of Palmer. Who is the other play-maker? Denarius Moore? Lastly, have you ever watch Pryor play a game? As an Ohio State fan, I saw all of his games for his entire college career – he is not an NFL QB.

  • Brandon

    WTF??? KC at 11&5??? LMAO come on man.

  • Eric Kench

    We lost 4000 yards offense when we traded away Carson Palmer. I really don’t expect these other two clowns, Flynn and Pryor, to even make half that amount of yardage. My prediction is 2-14 for the season. It will be repeat of Art Shell all over again along with that Dining Room owner he brought in to be the offensive coordinator.

    • Al_Uno

      Palmer was a choke artist everytime it got into a clutch situation he’d choke throw an interception. plus he didn’t even seem like he wanted to be on the team just a easy payday for him.

      • Eric Kench

        Nonetheless he was a big part of our offense. He was the best QB we had since Rich Gannon. All he needed was good receivers, something that Gannon had in Tim Brown and Jerry Rice. Brandon Meyers was no star tight end. Palmer made him look like a Pro Bowler.

        • holy roller

          big part of our “yards but not scores” offense….another JG clone, watch what happens in arizona. Now as far as recievers, watch DHB ib indy. I think it was palmer the year before last who threw the 945 yards DHB got and then of course we decided moore was the sexier player so ignored DHB last year and then cut him. Hows that workin out? “Players play the game,coaches and gms make the wrong calls”………..

    • Ricky Bobby

      Say K,
      Yiou get your facts right when you talk about our oc’s playa.
      Walsh ran a Bed & Breakfast, not sme Dining Room dude, @ least you could sleep after eating man.

    • http://12ozprospective.blogspot.com/ Scott Bantel

      You are correct. By no means is Palmer a great QB, but he is certainly better than Flynn and Pryor.

  • Thomas87

    I love how biased this article is lol… Losses for chargers? NORV and Ingram? What about DX Shaun Phillips takeo spikes Vasquez Garay? Oh wait all the writer cares about is the broncos … You really think rivers just turns the ball over for fun? Look back when he had a good oline … He sucked then too right? Fuckin idiot go ride that donkey dick some more

    • http://12ozprospective.blogspot.com/ Scott Bantel

      Hahahaha! Except I am not a Broncos fan, I call it as I see it. Please see the Broncos vs Ravens for my validation.

  • Thomas87

    Nope nobody explosive on the chargers… Do you Just sleep on D.freeny? Lol pretty sure he’s one of the best pass rushers of all time

    • http://12ozprospective.blogspot.com/ Scott Bantel

      Was. He is now 33 and hasn’t had double digits sacks since 2010. The Colts didn’t cut him because he is still the Freeney of old.

  • Bill Nichols

    lol. you morons are counting on Shaun Phillips, and Jammer to help your chances.. Too funny, what is really funny is that, when those 2 were playing with the Bolts you tore them both a new a-hole every chance you had. But now they are gold. Please people, you really do suck, but you already know that don’t you. Can not wait to see Freeney take out 10 years of frustration out on the big head, with the soon to be broke neck. Chargers are going to surprise you people. Watch. Oh yeah, and Chiefs??? What the……. So you are telling me that Alex and the Walrus is all they were missing?? Huh. How the hell is that, isn’t this a team sport? Didn’t the Chiefs pick 2and in last years draft…?? God, don;t give up your day jobs people. Cause this isn’t your forte’ . Look it up. Bolt Up..

  • Raider3

    Scott, did you even consider doing even a slight bit of research before writing this garbage. Apparently not because only about 1/3 of it is even close to the truth. My God dude, do some RESEARCH!!! I’m actually embarrassed for you.

    • http://12ozprospective.blogspot.com/ Scott Bantel

      Well, please fill me in on what is untruthful?

  • holy roller

    it seems it’s mostly Raiders fans bagging on this muttonhead…let’s see, peyton is old…..corners are old….Alex smith and who?…..Rivers is turning into a Palmeresque (read jeff george) kinda guy..all stats no wins….so the division is ripe for the taking. Not a da or rm defender but with time we could suprise quite a few …..btw, the less people that know who TP really is , the better! now, I’ll read the rest of mr stripes pathetic take………..remember 1980……..