Saturday, September 25, 2021

AFC Western Conference Preview: Mustangs, Raiders, and Chargers are still chasing Kansas City

1.Kansas City Chiefs

coach: Andy Reid (ninth year-91-37 regular season, 7-6 playoffs; 23rd year overall-221-130-1 regular season, 17-15 playoffs).

Record for 2020: 14-2 (No. 1 in the AFC West; lost to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl).

Defensive player: Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (third year).

Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: DT Chris Jones/DL Jalan Reid. Jones’ contract averages $20 million, ranking fourth among interior defenders, and he is a solid force (40 1/2 sacks in 76 games). As a reliable player in Seattle (22 sacks in 72 games), Reid joined the Chiefs and participated in their D-line rotation.

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Key statistics: 63-Negative defensive performance, the least in the NFL.

Why did they do it first: As long as quarterback Patrick Mahoms is healthy, the Chiefs will maintain the level of the AFC West. Kansas City actively rebuilt the offensive line and introduced eight players, including left tackle Orlando Brown and guards Giotunni and Kyle Lang. Safety Tyrann Mathieu leads the Chiefs’ second line. He occasionally gives up a lot of passing yards because his opponent is in a catch-up mode.

2. Los Angeles Charger

AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, in the second half of Los Angeles’ 16-19 victory over Sophie Stadium, Donald Palem Jr. (89) of the Los Angeles Chargers stiffly supported Michael Ojemu of the Denver Broncos Dia (23 years old).

coach: Brandon Staley (first year).

Record for 2020: 7-9 (third in the AFC West).

Defensive player: Staley (first year).

Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: Dejoy Bosa/CB Asante Samuel. Usability is an issue for Bosa, who has played only two more than 12 games in five years; he has 47 1/2 sacks in 63 games. Samuel was a second-round pick for the Chargers from Florida State University.

Key statistics: 184-At least 10 yards are allowed, ranking fifth in the league.

Why they won the second place: The Chargers won the gold medal with quarterback Justin Herbert last year, and they will get a healthy Austin Eckler among running backs. On the defensive side, former Broncos assistant Staley inherited the team of Bosa, safety guard Devin James, linebacker Kenneth Murray and cornerbacks Chris Harris and Michael Davis. This is a rising team, they will enter the playoffs as wild cards.

3. Denver Broncos

AFC Western Conference Preview: Mustangs, Raiders, and Chargers are still chasing Kansas City

RJ Sangosti, Denver Post

On August 21, 2021, Denver Broncos Liberty Security Guard Justin Simmons (31 years old) (right) celebrates with his teammates after an interception at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

coach: Vic Fangio (third year, 12-20 record).

Record for 2020: 5-11 (fourth in the AFC West).

Defensive player: Fangio (third year).

Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: S Justin Simmons/CB Pat Surtain II. Simmons hasn’t missed any defensive opportunities in three years, and won a new contract with an average value of 15.25 million US dollars. Sultan, with the ninth pick in the first round, is the ruler of Alabama.

Key statistics: 47.5%-Red zone defensive touchdown rate, the league’s first.

Why they won the third place: No…enough…offensive. again. Yes, the skill position depth chart is quite complete, including tight end Noahvant and receiver Courtlan Sutton, Jerry Jedi and KJ Hamler. But their quarterback situation is very unstable. On the defensive side, the Broncos are adding Sultan and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller, retaining outside linebacker von Miller and re-signing Simmons and defensive end Shelby Harris. Later, you may become an elite.

4. Las Vegas Raiders

Denver's Von Miller #58...

RJ Sangosti, Denver Post

On December 29, 2019, the No. 58 Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos rushed out of the quarterback in the fourth quarter. They continued to defeat the Oakland Raiders 16 to 15 and on December 29, 2019, at Mile High in Denver. Of Empower Field.

coach: Jon Gruden (the fourth year of the second tour-19-29 in the regular season; 15th overall-114-110 in the regular season, 5-4 in the playoffs).

Record for 2020: 8-8 (second in the AFC West).

AFC Western Conference Preview: Mustangs, Raiders, and Chargers are still chasing Kansas City
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