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Horse Tracks: Predicting the AFC West

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Good Morning Broncos Country

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The guys at Fanspeak.com have a simulator called "For The Record" where you can project the record of your favorite football team and take a look at what other fans are predicting as well.

They took a shot at predicting the AFC West, and Broncos fans will be happy with the outcome.

They have the Broncos winning the AFC West once again, and finishing with a 10-6 record.

Here is their reasoning for the 10-6 record:

The reigning AFC West champs, the Broncos are in the best position to win the division again this year. As long as Peyton Manning is a quarterback in the NFL, his team is going to be in playoff contention. At 39-years old, his career is winding down, so Denver is going to need to rely on their run game more this season. Running back C.J. Anderson will gain the most from new head coach Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme. Denver’s defense doesn’t receive much attention, but it is led by Von Miller and Chris Harris, who are two of the best players at their positions (outside linebacker and cornerback, respectively). As long as Manning is healthy, the Broncos should make it to the playoffs.

They have the Broncos losing to Baltimore week one, then against Green Bay and Indianapolis in back-to-back weeks, and then losing to New England and San Diego in back-to-back weeks, followed by a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

All six of those games will be tough tests, but I think we will win one or two of them.

They have the San Diego Chargers finishing with a 9-7 record and in second place in the division. They also have the Kansas City Chiefs finishing 9-7 and coming in third place. As usual the Oakland Raiders are in last place, projected to win only four games.

Horse Tracks:

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