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Who Will Win The AFC WEST For 2014 Season?

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Poll: Who Will Win The AFC WEST For 2014 Season? (3 member(s) have cast votes)

DENVER BRONCOS Head coach John Fox General manager John Elway Owner Pat Bowlen Home field Sports Authority Field at Mile High Record 13–3 Division place 1st

  1. Denver (3 votes [100.00%] - View)

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  2. San Diego (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Kansas City (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Oakland (0 votes [0.00%])

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DENVER BRONCOS

Head coach John Fox
General manager John Elway
Owner Pat Bowlen
Home field Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Record 13–3
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost Super Bowl XLVIII (Seahawks) 43–8
Offensive Rank-Pass 1st overall 340.2 game;Rush 15th overall 117.1 game)
Defensive Rank-Pass 27th overall 254.4 game;Rush 8th overall 101.6 game).



2014 Free Agents (does not include players who have already re-signed or have been franchise-tagged by their team):
  • Dan Koppen, C
  • Steve Vallos, G
  • Mitch Unrein, DL (Restricted)
  • Stewart Bradley, LB
  • Paris Lenon, LB
  • Tony Carter, CB (Restricted)
  • Quentin Jammer, CB
  • Mike Adams, S
  • Michael Huff, S


Free Agency Additions:
  • Emmanuel Sanders, WR (formerly with Pittsburgh) – should start
  • DeMarcus Ware, DE/OLB (formerly with Dallas) – should start
  • Will Montgomery, C (released by Washington) – should start at guard or center
  • Aqib Talib, CB (formerly with New England) – should start
  • T.J. Ward, S (formerly with Cleveland) – should start


Free Agency Losses:
  • Knowshon Moreno, RB (signed with Miami)
  • Eric Decker, WR (signed with New York Jets)
  • Trindon Holliday, WR (signed with New York Giants)
  • Zane Beadles, G (signed with Jacksonville)
  • Robert Ayers, DE (signed with New York Giants)
  • Jeremy Mincey, DE (signed with Dallas)
  • Wesley Woodyard, LB (signed with Tennessee)
  • Shaun Phillips, LB (signed with Tennessee)
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB (signed with New York Giants)


Released by Team:
  • Chris Kuper, G (retired)
  • Champ Bailey, CB (signed with New Orleans)




Draft Picks:

1st Round:Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
2nd Round:Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
3rd Round:Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
5th Round:Lamin Barrow, LB, Louisiana State
6th Round:Matt Paradis, C, Boise State
7th Round:Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

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Denver Broncos Projected 2014 Starters

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Defense

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QB

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Peyton Manning

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DE

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DeMarcus Ware

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RB

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[TD]

Montee Ball

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DT

[/TD]
[TD]

Terrance Knighton

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[TD]

WR1

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[TD]

Demaryius Thomas

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DT

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[TD]

Malik Jackson / Sylvester Williams

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[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

WR2

[/TD]
[TD]

Emmanuel Sanders

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DE

[/TD]
[TD]

Derek Wolfe

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WR3

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Wes Welker

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SLB

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[TD]

Von Miller

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[TD]

TE1

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[TD]

Julius Thomas

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WLB

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[TD]

Danny Trevathan

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[TD]

LT

[/TD]
[TD]

Ryan Clady

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CB1

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[TD]

Aqib Talib

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LG

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Orlando Franklin

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CB2

[/TD]
[TD]

Bradley Roby

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[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

C

[/TD]
[TD]

Manny Ramirez

[/TD]
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CB3

[/TD]
[TD]

Chris Harris / Kayvon Webster

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RG

[/TD]
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Louis Vasquez

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SS

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T.J. Ward

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RT

[/TD]
[TD]

Chris Clark

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FS

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Rahim Moore

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2014 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 7 Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Sept. 28 BYE
Oct. 5 Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Oct. 19 San Francisco-x, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 San Diego, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 2 at New England, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 16 at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Nov. 23 Miami, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 30 at Kansas City-x, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 Buffalo, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 14 at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 22 at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 28 Oakland, 4:25 p.m.


Denver's decision to bypass the position in free agency and the draft shows a lot of faith in Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.

Changes on the offensive line should be for the better. Ryan Clady returns to left tackle. His surprisingly effective replacement Chris Clark now should upgrade right tackle, with Super Bowl struggler Orlando Franklin moving to guard.

The loss of Eric Decker shouldn't be that impactful. Emmanuel Sanders should replace much of Decker's production, and rookie second-round pick Cody Latimer will be a very talented No. 4 receiver. This should remain the highest-scoring offense in the league.

First-round pick Bradley Roby is a gifted cornerback that will take Champ Bailey's spot in the lineup. The offseason additions of DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward, plus a return to health for underrated cornerback Chris Harris, makes this a vastly improved starting group. They are clearly the AFC favorites for the Super Bowl.Vegas released NFL season win totals for Denver at 11.5 I'm not doubting them as they have much talent but they have a pretty tough schedule that includes Indy,Seattle,San Francisco,New England,Cincinnati,N.Y. Jets,San Diego twice,Kansas City,twice,Arizona,etc......




KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Head coach Andy Reid
General manager John Dorsey
Owner The Hunt Family
Home field Arrowhead Stadium
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 45–44
Offense Rank-PTS 26.9(6th);YDS 337.2(21st);PASS YDS 208.8(25th);RUSH YDS 128.5(10th)
Defense Rank-PTS 19.1(6th);YDS 367.8(24th);PASS YDS 247.6(26th);RUSH YDS 120.2(22nd).




2014 Free Agents (does not include players who have already re-signed or have been franchise-tagged by their team):
  • Terrance Cooper, WR
  • Chad Hall, WR
  • Jerrell Jackson, WR


Free Agency Additions:
  • Jeff Linkenbach, OT (formerly with Indianapolis) – should start
  • Vance Walker, DT (formerly with Oakland) – should start
  • Joe Mays, LB (formerly with Houston) – will compete with Nico Johnson for starting job
  • Chris Owens, CB (formerly with Miami) – roster depth


Free Agency Losses:
  • Dexter McCluster, RB/WR (signed with Tennessee)
  • Branden Albert, OT (signed with Miami)
  • Geoff Schwartz, OT (signed with New York Giants)
  • Jon Asamoah, G (signed with Atlanta)
  • Tyson Jackson, DE (signed with Atlanta)
  • Jerrell Powe, DL (signed with Houston)
  • Akeem Jordan, LB (signed with Washington)
  • Quintin Demps, KR/S (signed with New York Giants)
  • Kendrick Lewis, FS (signed with Houston)


Released by Team:
  • Dominique Jones, FB
  • Uche Nwaneri, G
  • Robert James, LB
  • Dunta Robinson, CB



Draft Picks:

1st Round: Dee Ford Defensive end Auburn
3rd Round:Phillip Gaines Cornerback Rice
4th Round: De'Anthony Thomas Running Back Oregon
5th Round:Aaron Murray Quarterback Georgia
6th Round:Zach Fulton Guard Tennessee
6th Round:Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Tackle McGill

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Kansas City Chiefs Projected 2014 Starters

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Offense

Defense

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QB

[/TD]
[TD]

Alex Smith

[/TD]
[TD]

DE

[/TD]
[TD]

Mike DeVito

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

RB

[/TD]
[TD]

Jamaal Charles

[/TD]
[TD]

DT

[/TD]
[TD]Dontari Poe[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

WR1

[/TD]
[TD]

Dwayne Bowe

[/TD]
[TD]

DE

[/TD]
[TD]

Vance Walker

[/TD]
[/TR]
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[TD]

WR2

[/TD]
[TD]

Donnie Avery

[/TD]
[TD]

OLB

[/TD]
[TD]

Tamba Hali

[/TD]
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[TD]

TE1

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[TD]

Travis Kelce

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ILB

[/TD]
[TD]

Derrick Johnson

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[TD]

TE2

[/TD]
[TD]

Anthony Fasano / Sean McGrath

[/TD]
[TD]

ILB

[/TD]
[TD]

Joe Mays

[/TD]
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[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

LT

[/TD]
[TD]

Eric Fisher

[/TD]
[TD]

OLB

[/TD]
[TD]

Justin Houston

[/TD]
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[TD]

LG

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[TD]

Jeff Allen

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CB1

[/TD]
[TD]

Sean Smith

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[TD]

C

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Rodney Hudson

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CB2

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[TD]

Brandon Flowers

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[TD]

RG

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[TD]

Jeffrey Linkenbach

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SS

[/TD]
[TD]

Eric Berry

[/TD]
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[TD]

RT

[/TD]
[TD]

Donald Stephenson

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FS

[/TD]
[TD]

Husain Abdullah

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2014 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 7 Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Miami, 4:25 p.m.
Sept. 29 New England, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 12 BYE
Oct. 19 at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 26 St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Nov. 2 N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Nov. 16 Seattle, 1 p.m.
Nov. 20 at Oakland, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 30 Denver-x, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 14 Oakland, 1 p.m.
Dec. 21 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Dec. 28 San Diego, 1 p.m.


No team has taken more offseason hits than the Chiefs. They'll have two new starters on the offensive line, and they didn't get Alex Smith the help he needed at wide receiver or tight end. Donnie Avery, Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano are all starters that the team would ideally upgrade from.

First-round draft pick Dee Ford will add pass-rushing skills off the bench behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Ford should be Hali's eventual replacement.

With no second-round pick this year because of the Alex Smith trade, the Chiefs could use instant help from third-round cornerback Phillip Gaines. Unfortunately, he looks more like a developmental player who will struggle for snaps right away.

Brandon Flowers remains on the roster despite a few trade rumors. The Chiefs need Flowers to bounce back to his pre-2013 form, when he was a top-15 NFL cornerback. The Chiefs' secondary should be a strength with Sean Smith and Eric Berry also in the mix, but it was erratic at best down the stretch last season.

In Vance Walker and Mike DeVito, the Cheifs have two no-nonsense, try-hard defensive ends. Along with Joe Mays, there has to be a concern that Kansas City's talent distribution is uneven in the front seven. They have a bunch of Pro Bowl picks and replacement-level starters.

Andy Reid did a great job coaching this team last season. On paper, it's not a group that looks likely to return to the playoffs.Vegas released NFL season win totals for K.C. at 8.I don't think they'll get but maybe seven wins the schedule is brutal with Denver and San Diego twice,an improved Oakland squad,New England,San Francisco,Seattle,N.Y. Jets,Arizona,Pittsburgh and Miami,Tennessee and Buffalo teams that will all be much tougher.It doesn't help that they lost some good players like Dexter McCluster,Brandon Albert,Akeem Jordan,Dunta Robinson,Tyson Jackson,Quintin Demps,Jon Asamoah,Geoff Schwartz,Kendrick Lewis,etc......



SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Head coach Mike McCoy
General manager Tom Telesco
Owner Alex Spanos
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish
Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 27–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–17
Offense Rank-PTS24.8(12th);YDS393.3(5th);PASS YDS270.5(4th);RUSH YDS122.8(13th)
Defense Rank-PTS21.8(11th);YDS366.5(23rd);PASS YDS258.7(29th);RUSH YDS107.8(12th).




2014 Free Agents (does not include players who have already re-signed or have been franchise-tagged by their team):
  • Ronnie Brown, RB
  • Chris Gronkowski, FB
  • Danario Alexander, WR
  • Bront Bird, LB
  • William Middleton, CB


Free Agency Additions:
  • Kellen Clemens, QB (formerly with St. Louis) – will back-up QB Philip Rivers
  • Donald Brown, RB (formerly with Indianapolis) – roster depth
  • David Johnson, TE (formerly with Pittsburgh)
  • Kavell Conner, LB (formerly with Indianapolis) – roster depth
  • Brandon Ghee, CB (formerly with Cincinnati) – roster depth


Free Agency Losses:
  • Charlie Whitehurst, QB (signed with Tennessee)
  • Lavelle Hawkins, WR (signed with Tampa Bay)
  • Steve Schilling, G/T (signed with Seattle)
  • Cam Thomas, DT (signed with Pittsburgh)


Released by Team:
  • Le’Ron McClain, FB
  • Byron Jerdeau, DT
  • Terrell Manning, ILB (signed with Minnesota)
  • Derek Cox, CB (signed with Minnesota)


Coaching Changes:
  • Resigned – Ken Whisenhunt, Offensive Coordinator (accepted head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans)
  • Hired – Frank Reich, Offensive Coordinator (formerly quarterbacks coach with the San Diego Chargers)




Draft Picks:

1st Round:Jason Verrett Cornerback TCU
2nd Round:Jeremiah Attaochu Linebacker Georgia Tech
3rd Round:Chris Watt Offensive guard Notre Dame
5th Round:Ryan Carrethers Nose tackle Arkansas State
6th Round:Marion Grice Running back Arizona State
7th Round:Tevin Reese Wide receiver Baylor

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San Diego Chargers Projected 2014 Starters

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Offense

Defense

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[TD]

QB

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[TD]

Philip Rivers

[/TD]
[TD]

DE

[/TD]
[TD]

Kendall Reyes

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

RB

[/TD]
[TD]

Ryan Mathews

[/TD]
[TD]

NT

[/TD]
[TD]Sean Lissemore[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

WR1

[/TD]
[TD]

Keenan Allen

[/TD]
[TD]

DE

[/TD]
[TD]

Corey Liuget

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

WR2

[/TD]
[TD]

Vincent Brown

[/TD]
[TD]

OLB

[/TD]
[TD]

Dwight Freeney / Jeremiah Attaochu

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

TE1

[/TD]
[TD]

Antonio Gates

[/TD]
[TD]

ILB

[/TD]
[TD]

Donald Butler

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

TE2

[/TD]
[TD]

Ladarius Green

[/TD]
[TD]

ILB

[/TD]
[TD]

Manti Te'o

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

LT

[/TD]
[TD]

King Dunlap

[/TD]
[TD]

OLB

[/TD]
[TD]

Jarret Johnson / Melvin Ingram

[/TD]
[/TR]
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[TD]

LG

[/TD]
[TD]

Chad Rinehart

[/TD]
[TD]

CB1

[/TD]
[TD]

Jason Verrett

[/TD]
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[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

C

[/TD]
[TD]

Nick Hardwick

[/TD]
[TD]

CB2

[/TD]
[TD]

Shareece Wright

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

RG

[/TD]
[TD]

Jeromey Clary / Chris Watt

[/TD]
[TD]

SS

[/TD]
[TD]

Marcus Gilchrist

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

RT

[/TD]
[TD]

D.J. Fluker

[/TD]
[TD]

FS

[/TD]
[TD]

Eric Weddle

[/TD]
[/TR]
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2014 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 8 at Arizona, 10:20 p.m.
Sept. 14 Seattle, 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 5 N.Y. Jets, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 19 Kansas City, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Denver, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Nov. 9 BYE
Nov. 16 Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 23 St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 30 at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Dec. 7 New England-x, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 20 at San Francisco, 4:30 or 8:15 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Kansas City, 1 p.m.


The expected return of Malcom Floyd gives the Chargers' receiving group a boost after a quiet offseason. It wouldn't be a surprise if he beats out Vincent Brown for a starting job.

» San Diego has a thin wideout group, but it could boast the best tight end combination in the league with Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green. Look for Green to be a breakout player this year; his skills after the catch are incredible.

The Chargers struggled to find a pass rush from the outside late last season. Now, they look much deeper at outside linebacker, especially if Dwight Freeney can regain his form from early last season. Promising third-year pro Melvin Ingram is also coming off a torn ACL. They traded up to take Jeremiah Attaochu, who was the last true 3-4 OLB on the board at the time. This group could get much better, which should make up for some natural decline on the offense.

Ryan Mathews is listed as our stater, but Danny Woodhead plays nearly as many snaps because of his proficiency on passing downs.

Other than Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, the secondary is a question mark. First-round draft pick Jason Verrett lacks ideal size, but he'll start from Day 1.

The Chargers changed offensive coordinators and did not have a splashy draft or free-agent period. Another playoff run will be an uphill climb.Vegas released NFL season win totals for San Diego at 8 wins.Won't be easy first three games at Arizona then home against defending champs Seattle then a couple thousand miles trip to east to play Buffalo.Their last few games are at Baltimore,New England,Denver,at San Francisco,at Kansas City.......



OAKLAND RAIDERS

Head coach Dennis Allen
General manager Reggie McKenzie
Owner Mark Davis
Home field O.co Coliseum
Record 4–12
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Offense Rank-PTS20.1(24th);YDS333.8(23rd);PASS YDS208.8(24th);RUSH YDS125.0(12th)
Defense Rank-PTS28.3(29th);YDS363.7(22nd);PASS YDS255.8(28th);RUSH YDS107.9(13th).




2014 Free Agents (does not include players who have already re-signed or have been franchise-tagged by their team):
  • Jeron Mastrud, TE
  • Tony Pashos, OT
  • Andre Gurode, C
  • Jason Hunter, DE
  • Daniel Muir, DT
  • Chimdi Chekwa, CB (Restricted)


Free Agency Additions:
  • Maurice Jones-Drew, RB (formerly with Jacksonville)
  • James Jones, WR (formerly with Green Bay) – should start
  • Greg Little, WR (released by Cleveland) – roster depth
  • Austin Howard, OT (formerly with New York Jets) – should start
  • Donald Penn, LT (released by Tampa Bay) – should start
  • Kevin Boothe, G (formerly with New York Giants) – roster depth
  • Justin Tuck, DE (formerly with New York Giants) – should start
  • Antonio Smith, DE (formerly with Houston) – roster depth
  • C.J. Wilson, DE (formerly with Green Bay) – roster depth
  • LaMarr Woodley, LB (released by Pittsburgh) – should start at DE
  • Tarell Brown, CB (formerly with San Francisco) – should start
  • Carlos Rogers, CB (released by San Francisco) – should start


Free Agency Losses:
  • Rashad Jennings, RB (signed with New York Giants)
  • Jacoby Ford, WR (signed with New York Jets)
  • Jared Veldheer, OT (signed with Arizona)
  • Lamarr Houston, DT (signed with Chicago)
  • Vance Walker, DT (signed with Kansas City)
  • Tracy Porter, CB (signed with Washington)
  • Mike Jenkins, CB (signed with Tampa Bay)
  • Phillip Adams, CB (signed with Seattle)


Released by Team:
  • Mike Brisiel, G


Traded For:
  • Matt Schaub, QB (from Houston for a sixth-round draft pick) – should start


Traded Away:
  • Terrelle Pryor, QB (to Seattle for a seventh-round draft pick)



Draft Picks:

1st Round:Khalil Mack Outside linebacker Buffalo
2nd Round: Derek Carr Quarterback Fresno State
3rd Round:Gabe Jackson Offensive guard Mississippi State
4th Round:Justin Ellis Defensive tackle Louisiana Tech
4th Round:Keith McGill Cornerback Utah
7th Round:Travis Carrie Cornerback Ohio
7th Round:Shelby Harris Defensive end Illinois State
7th Round:Jonathan Dowling Safety Western Kentucky

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Oakland Raiders Projected 2014 Starters

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Offense

Defense

[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

QB

[/TD]
[TD]

Matt Schaub

[/TD]
[TD]

DE

[/TD]
[TD]

Justin Tuck

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_ltblueback"]
[TD]

RB

[/TD]
[TD]

Darren McFadden / Maurice Jones-Drew

[/TD]
[TD]

DT

[/TD]
[TD]

Antonio Smith

[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR="class: cms_table_cms_table_whiteback"]
[TD]

WR1

[/TD]
[TD]

James Jones

[/TD]
[TD]

DT

[/TD]
[TD]

Pat Sims

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Rod Streater

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LaMarr Woodley

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Denarius Moore

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Sio Moore

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Mychal Rivera

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MLB

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Nick Roach

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Donald Penn

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Khalil Mack

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Gabe Jackson

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CB1

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D.J. Hayden

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Stefen Wisniewski

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CB2

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Tarell Brown

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RG

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Kevin Boothe

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SS

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Tyvon Branch

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RT

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Austin Howard

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FS

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Charles Woodson

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2014 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 7 at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Sept. 14 Houston, 4:25 p.m.
Sept. 21 at New England, 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 Miami (London), 1 p.m.
Oct. 5 BYE
Oct. 12 San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 19 Arizona, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 26 at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 9 Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 16 at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 20 Kansas City, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 30 at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Dec. 7 San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Dec. 21 Buffalo, 4:25 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Denver, 4:25 p.m.


No team had a more dramatic overhaul this offseason. There should be at least 12 new starters, split evenly on offense and defense......

The Raiders are bringing in many new starting including QB Matt Schaub,a new running back in the backfield Maurice Jones Drew,overhauling their offensive line at guard with Kevin Boothe,going with Austin Howard at right tackle,Donald Penn at left tackle and even brought in a new wide receiver James Jones and thats just on offense. On defense they are doing quite a few changes as well bringing in Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers at corner back,Antonio Smith at defensive tackle,LaMarr Woodley at linebacker and Justin Tuck at defensive end.

Jones-Drew is a mystery, but a healthy Darren McFadden should beat him out. It's more likely that MoJo's decline last season sticks, and he's not someone Oakland will want on the field too much.

Matt Schaub shouldn't face realistic competition from Derek Carr in training camp. But we'd be surprised if Carr doesn't start if the Raiders fall two or three games under .500 at any point during the season.

Oakland has Juron Criner and Greg Little on the bench at wide receiver, but its top three choices: Jones, Streater and Moore should be pretty well-established for the first time in a long time.

Schaub can only be effective with a strong offensive line. Donald Penn was a boom-or-bust free-agent pickup. Kevin Boothe and Austin Howard form a new right side of the line. They should be an upgrade, but this much offensive line overhaul is rarely smooth.

We have more faith that Dennis Allen can turn around the Raiders' defense. If the Raiders can find meaningful production from two of their veteran defensive line pickups -- Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith and LaMarr Woodley -- it should be considered a victory.

The Raiders need last year's first-round draft pick, D.J. Hayden, to step up. San Francisco cast-offs Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers are concerns at cornerback, as is safety Charles Woodson.

Khalil Mack will probably line up as a defensive end on passing downs initially. We suspect he'll find his way into the every-down defense by Week 1 as well, where he can stand up as a linebacker.

The Raiders' roster is better, but let's not get carried away. They still have as many questions as nearly any team in the league, and there isn't much top-level talent at any position.Vegas released NFL season win totals for Oakland at 4.5 which i think they'll do better but not by much. Still it won't be easy with games at N.Y. Jets and at New England early in the season before having a very eraly week 5 bye.Afterwards they face Arizona,Seattle,San Francisco plus Denver,San Diego and Kansas City twice.

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Denver, obviously.

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Course Denver is still the class act here. If San Diego could get some defensive production maybe they make it a little interesting but i doubt it.

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Denver no brainer

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Yes, Denver, unless Manning finally goes down.




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