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.

Overall:

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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