DENVER BRONCOS – Tebow who? Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning‘s first half performance has made the Denver fans forget Tim Tebow and his 2011 “miracle” second half performance. Peyton looks like he is a solid candidate for league MVP. Manning is able to take over the offense, gain players’ trust and make sure everybody is on the same page, this is after taking a season off because of his rehab from a serious neck injury.The defense is not up to the level they were at this time last season, but they have the talent to improve in the turnover department and provide more pressure on the opposing quarterback. The Broncos are in position to takeover the AFC West.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – This team is a shocker to me. I had them as my sleeper pick at the beginning of this season because they had a new beginning with newly hired head coach Romeo Crennel, who finished the end of last season 2-1 as an interim coach, not to mention that two key players on both sides of the ball (safety Eric Berry and running back Jamaal Charles) were coming back from serious season-ending knee injuries. At this point, the Chiefs are the worst team in the NFL and they are the first team since 1940 not to hold a lead during regulation through seven games.
OAKLAND RAIDERS – I really wasn’t expecting much from the Raiders because I consider them being in a “rebuilding stage”. YEs, they have a big-time quarterback in Carson Palmer, but they gave up too much to get him. New general manager Reggie McKinzie didn’t have much to work with in the 2012 NFL Draft because they didn’t have a pick until the third round. It doesn’t help the cause when tight end Brandon Myers, wide receiver Darius Moore and running back Darren McFadden are playing below their potential. Give the Raiders some time, they will make a comeback…just not this season.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – Are we shocked on how the Bolts start a season? They always start slow and then make their moves in the second half, but in the last two seasons they have not reached the playoffs and the Charger faithful are restless. I think head coach Norv Turner must make the playoffs this season or it might be his job. Running back Ryan Matthews and tight end Antonio Gates are struggling with their performances and quarterback Philip Rivers have to limit the interceptions if they want sa chance to give the Broncos a run for the AFC West.
Written by Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer