AFC West

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

2004 RECORD: 12-4

SUPER ODDS: 12-1; OVER/UNDER: 8 1/2

SUN SAYS: "Last year we were overlooked, this year everybody is staring at us," says Bolts coach, Marty Schottenheimer. After turning 4-12, to 12-4, no one will take this team lightly this time, but with QB Drew Brees, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Antonio Gates, they have an offence that is as versatile and efficient as most. A tough conference and a tough overall schedule will make 10 wins a lofty target.

DENVER BRONCOS

2004 RECORD: 10-6

SUPER ODDS: 20-1; OVER/UNDER: 8 1/2

SUN SAYS: When does back-to-back 10-6 seasons make a team a loser? When in both of those seasons you get thumped by the Colts in the playoffs. With that in mind, coach Mike Shanahan shipped his starting RB, Reuben Droughns to Cleveland to shore up the defence. Promising RB Tatum Bell will handle the bulk of the offence and Shanahan will cross his fingers that QB Jake Plummer makes more plays than blunders.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

2004 RECORD: 7-9

SUPER ODDS: 18-1; OVER/UNDER: 9

SUN SAYS: Many weeks in recent seasons, the fireworks of QB Trent Green, RB Priest Holmes and TE Tony Gonzalez have meant the Chiefs didn't really need a defence. But for the times they do, the team has acquired CB Patrick Surtain, LBs Kendrell Bell and Derrick Johnson and S Sammy Knight. They are a better team then their record of a year ago but find themselves in what may be the most competitive division in the league.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

2004 RECORD: 5-11

SUPER ODDS: 25-1; OVER/UNDER: 8

SUN SAYS: Randy Moss and the Raiders are a match made in the Black Hole. And with the big gun of QB Kerry Collins, that will make for some big excitement. Just three years removed from a trip to the Super Bowl, more importantly the Raiders are in their second season under coach Norv Turner. Overall, they seem poised to move back to respectability. We'll get an early look at how close in tonight's season opener at New England.


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