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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Breaking down AFC West Power Rankings

By Bill Williamson

ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 1 were released Tuesday.

Here are my thoughts on how the AFC West teams fared in the rankings:

San Diego Chargers

Power Ranking: 8

My Power Ranking range: 5-8

Why: The Chargers showed in the preseason that they are well oiled and ready to be a contender again regardless if Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill are holding out.

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 22

My Power Ranking range: 25-28

Why: I think this ranking may be just a tad high. But it’s not a terrible spot.

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 24

My Power Ranking range: 24-26

Why: The Raiders are right where they should be heading into the season. If they start winning, they can make a pretty good march up the rankings.

Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 27

My Power Ranking range: 25-28

Why: Can’t complain with this spot, either. The Chiefs have some proving to do.