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AFC West preview mania

It’s a big day at ESPN.com. We have revealed our team preview pages with division predictions as the centerpiece.

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. has also posted his team-by-team looks for the AFC West teams, breaking down philosophies and trends. Horton has a pretty promising outlook for the AFC West. He has varying degrees of hope for all four teams.

Here is a quick glimpse at the breakdown of each team with links to our team pages and Horton’s previews:

San Diego

  • Consensus pick: 1st

  • My pick: 1st

  • Horton’s breakdown

  • My best-case scenario: A 13-win season and a Super Bowl berth. The Chargers have been knocking on the door for years. This a deep team that is boosted by rookie running back Ryan Mathews.

  • My worst-case scenario: The holdouts of Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson break down the offense and the Chargers sputter to nine wins.

Oakland

  • Consensus pick: 2nd

  • My pick: 2nd

  • Horton’s breakdown

  • My best-case scenario: A 10-win season and a playoff berth. Jason Campbell has his best NFL season.

  • My worst-case scenario: A five-win season and the Raiders’ misery continue for an eighth season. If that happens, the team would be full of despair after a year in which everyone in Oakland thinks will be a season of major progression.

Kansas City

  • Consensus pick: 3rd

  • My pick: 3rd

  • Horton’s breakdown

  • My best-case scenario: A nine-win season and a wild-card berth by a team that matures on both sides of the ball.

  • My worst-case scenario: A five-win season and lack of progress made by quarterback Matt Cassel.

Denver

  • Consensus pick: 4th

  • My pick: 4th

  • Horton’s breakdown

  • My best-case scenario: A nine-win season and a wild-card berth led by a huge season by quarterback Kyle Orton.

  • My worst-case scenario: A four-win season and a major step backward for the defense.