By Maximillian C. Burgos | Contributing Writer
Oakland Raiders (14-2):
Last season the Raiders took a huge step forward. They looked really good on defense with Khalil Mack leading the charge and their offense looked hungry with Derek Carr leading the attack. Can’t help but wonder what would happen if Carr stayed healthy in the final weeks of the season [Carr broke his broken fibula on Christmas Eve] could there have been a different Super Bowl outcome?
Regardless of last season, the Raiders should pick up from where the left off last season before Carr got injured. The team has loads of talent with Marshawn Lynch now in the back field; the Raiders could be a very scary team this season with odds in their favour of winning the AFC West and to go even further.
Kansas City Chiefs (10-6):
The Chiefs will still be a good team this year. They have a solid defense and emerging young stars on offense. But they may not have the same offense strength they had last year. Alex Smith is still a solid quarterback, but he needs receivers to throw to.
With the loss of Jeremy Maclin, the offensive attack of the Chiefs could be in question. Right now, the team’s starting wide receivers are Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. Hill is their best-known guy, but he was mainly used on special teams last season during his rookie season.
They do not have well-known back-ups either.
Denver Broncos (9-7):
The Broncos still have one of the best defenses in the League. They may do better than last year, but quarterback is still a major question. Running back is another question. Jamaal Charles a few years ago would have been a huge pick up, but he has been hurt for a while now and may not have much left in the tank.
C.J Anderson had a bad year last year and may not be the answer. With two question marks at running back, the Broncos may need to rely on the passing game more this year. Are either of their quarterbacks’s ready for that responsibility? It appears Trevor Siemian may be the starter, as he’s reportedly beating out Paxton Lynch, the team’s first-round pick last year.
Los Angeles Chargers (3-13):
Though Philip Rivers has been consistent for a while, the Chargers have a new home in Los Angeles at a soccer stadium, the StubHub Center, and could mean a worse year than last year. The coaching staff does not seem to be very hopeful for this year despite being Anthony Lynn’s first campaign with the team.
If they do not have hope, how can we? The Chargers may not improve, even with all of the talent on the team.