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Breaking down the AFC West power rankings

7/27/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Our pre-training camp power rankings have been released.

We have streamlined the voting process. I no longer have a vote. AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky is the AFC representative.

I still have an opinion though, so here goes:

San Diego

  • Power ranking: 6th

  • My ranking range: 6-8

  • Why: This is a good team. The Chargers are not far from being one of the elite teams in the NFL.

Denver

  • Power ranking: 27th

  • My ranking range: 24-26

  • Why: I think Denver was slightly under ranked, but I understand why. There are a lot of questions about this team after a controversial offseason.

Kansas City

  • Power ranking: Tied for 28th

  • My ranking range: 28-30

  • Why: I think the Chiefs are right where they should be. This team still has a long way to go.

Oakland

  • Power ranking: 30th

  • My ranking range: 25-28

  • Why: I think the Raiders are being underrated. This team is not the third-worst team in the league. It is arguably the second-best team in the AFC West heading into camp.