Kansas City Chiefs
Head Coach: Andy Reid
Reid is a coaching titan in the NFL. A Head Coach since 1999, Reid has only 3 losing seasons to his name in all that time. If you include seasons that his teams have gone 8-8, that number jumps to 5. Probably the only black mark on his CV is the lack of a Lombardi.
2016 Record: 12-4
The Chiefs ran roughshod over the AFC West. Going 6-0 in the division, the only disappointing areas in their season both came against The Steelers. In week 4 they got smashed in Heinz Field 43-14. In the first round of the playoffs, Chris Boswell kicked The Chiefs to death going 6 for 6 leading The Steelers to an 18-16 win in Arrowhead Stadium.
Draft Position: 27th. Traded with The Bills to go 10th
Player To Watch: Travis Kelce
Coming off the greatest season in his career, Kelce is set to become The King of Tight Ends
now Dennis Pitta looks to be finished. He finished last year, in which he got a 5 year $46 million contract, with 1,125 receiving yards and 85 receptions, both career highs for him. A repeat is not out of the question.
MVP: Alex Smith
Let’s look back to 2012. Smith had just signed a new contract with the 49ers and was on course for his best season, then he goes down injured. Young upstart and future Ringmaster of The Media Circus, Colin Kaepernick takes his place and Smith never starts for the 49ers again. Fast forward to the start of the 2017 season, Smith is coming off one of the best seasons in his career and a second year competing in the playoffs while Kaep is sitting at home after opting out of the last year on his contract following a season which included a game where he threw for 4 yards against The Bears before being benched. Hindsight is always 20/20 but I bet The 49ers wish they could have that choice back.
Super Bowl Chances: They Have A Good Chance
I like Andy Reid and I would like to see him win a Super Bowl and I think this year they could do it. They have a mixed bag of opponents for the regular season so it’s all about getting to the playoffs and trying to putting a run together. If they can stay healthy, they have a better shot that most.
Head Coach: Vance Joseph
This will be Joseph’s first season as a Head Coach of The Broncos after Gary Kubiak retired on medical grounds.
2016 Record: 9-7
An average season for defending Super Bowl champions was mainly dominated by QB issues. After Payton Manning retired, the kingdom was Brock Osweiler’s. Ozzy, I imagine feeling shafted by his treatment in the previous year, took a monster contract with The Texians and left The Broncos in a big pile of horse sh*t in regards to QBs. The second year Trevor Siemian batted with Rookie Paxton Lynch before Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez was brought in and then cut followed by Austin Davis who was also shown the door. That’s 5 QBs who all could have started since Manning left after the Super Bowl
Draft Position: 20th
Player To Watch: Another QB Battle
If you have read enough of these guides, you may be feeling I am taking a cheap way out by referencing another QB battle but unfortunately, it’s the state we find the NFL in. It looks like Siemian is the first choice at the moment but the first sign of weakness, BOOM he’s gone and Lynch may get in.
MVP: Von Miller
Besides looking like he has the greatest amount of fun off the field and doing some good work in the city of Denver for kids from low-income families, he looks like he has the most fun on it too. Miller got a 6 year $114.5 million contract and started paying the team back with 78 tackles. There is no reason why he won’t do something similar this year barring injuries.
Super Bowl Chances: Eh…No
If they don’t sort out this QB business, no hope of a Super Bowl. That’s it.
Head Coach: Anthony Lynn
Lynn gets his first full time gig in L.A. after being a one game fill in after The Ryan Brothers got dumped out of Buffalo.
2016 Record: 5-11
After 56 seasons in San Diego, The Chargers decided to go to L.A. and they didn’t even pretend that they cared about their final season in front of mostly, lifelong fans. The only real upside to this season was beating The Broncos at home
Draft Position: 7th
Player To Watch: Joey Bosa
Let’s forget the “Eli Manning” comment by Mammy Bosa and the 4-week “injury” after his hold out on his contract deals, Bosa was a monster in The Chargers Defence. Finishing his Rookie year with 41 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Same again, please!
MVP: Philip Rivers
Possibly going down as the best QB never to win a Super Bowl, Rivers is starting to hit the back 9 of his career and the chance of him winning a Lombardi is going by slowly. No matter how great Rivers has been, the supporting cast around him has never really looked like winning it all except in one season way back in 2007. That being said, The Chargers would have been a whole lot worse if it wasn’t for Rivers over his career.
Super Bowl Chances: That Would Be A Neddie No No
I just can’t see them going from 5-11 to any meaningful record and then drive through the
playoff. Rivers will do what he does and get 3,000 to 4,000 yards, Bosa should do something great like last year but it screams of 8-8 all day.
Head Coach: Jack Del Rio
Blackjack is heading into his 3rd season with The Raiders. Year 1 was some 7-9 bull sh*t with last year improving to 11-5. If it was for Derek Carr going down with injury, who knows what last season would have brought.
2016 Record: 11-5
The Raiders looked primed to cause chaos in the playoff after dominating in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs in week 15 but when Superstar QB Derek Carr went down injured in week 16 and The Raiders chances at winning a Super Bowl had a big old fork stuck in them because they were done.
Draft Position: 24th
Player To Watch: Marshawn Lynch
Ok, I’m not expecting a 1,000 yard, 10 TD year from Beast Mode but I am happy there is a
possibility of seeing it. Life in Football World is so much better with players like Beast Mode in it. After a year off, hopefully, all the issues Lynch had with injuries are all gone and at least we get a small flash from the past from one of the NFL’s more colourful characters
MVP: Derek Carr
To see how important Carr is to his team, watch week 17 and the first round of the playoffs then watch pretty much any other game The Raiders played with Carr and you will see the night and day difference. If he can stay healthy, Oakland could have another championship before The Raiders leave for Vegas
Super Bowl Chances: Good, Very Good
As I look at the season now when this is being written, The Raiders are possibly 1 of maybe 4 teams that could take on The Patriots in the AFC and win. Cooper, Crabtree, Lynch, Carr, Mach, Osemele and Janikowski are all players who can change a game or get you out of a hole when it’s needed. Barring injuries, these are playoff bound with a possibility Super Bowl bound.