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AFC West: As expected? Better, actually

Published: September 10, 2013, 10:21 am, by Paul Klee

It’s tough to put much weight in Week One of the NFL season. Everyone’s amped, strange things happen, and the first game is rarely indicative of how the rest of the season plays out.

Jacksonville’s offense can’t be that bad, can it?

Philadelphia can’t play that fast, can it?

Maybe so. But we’ll hold off before making any major proclamations. Regardless, it’s fair to assume the AFC West is better than a year ago. That’s based on two things: The quarterbacks are better, and it can’t possibly be worse.

The AFC West went 26-38 last season. The Broncos accounted for half the wins.

The AFC West went 2-2 in Week One. The Broncos accounted for half the wins.

On the plus side, average is an improvement. More on the plus side, that record very easily could have been 4-0. The Raiders had a lead in Indianapolis with 6 minutes left, before blowing it. The Chargers had a 28-7 lead against Houston, before blowing it.

Furthermore, the AFC West quarterbacks had 14 touchdowns and three INTs. Impressive numbers, even if Peyton Manning’s historic night skewed the sample size.

The Broncos swept the AFC West last season. It’s hard to imagine that will happen again, at least when it comes to the games in San Diego and Kansas City.

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