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Thursday, January 29, 2009
AFC West 2009 Super Bowl chances

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

OK, I can see where there would be trepidation and skepticism when reading about the Super Bowl chances of AFC West teams.

Yes, the division was won by the 8-8 San Diego Chargers, marking the first time in 23 years that a team made the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Also, no team from this division has advanced to the Super Bowl since the 2002 season (Oakland). It is the longest current division drought in the NFL without a trip to the Super Bowl.

But year after year, there is a surprise team that makes a Super Bowl run. So we will examine the chances of each team in this division and reasonable timeline to make a Super Bowl run.

Silly? Maybe. But remember, the Arizona Cardinals are playing in the Super Bowl in three days. Sometimes silly happens.

San Diego Chargers

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs