NFL Preseason Week 1: Wrapping Up The AFC West

Week 1 of the NFL Preseason is now in the books after the Dallas Cowboys won a scintillating 3-0 game over the Oakland Raiders on the first installment of ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Let’s run through the AFC West with some brief thoughts on all four teams’ performances…

Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo Crennel has to be unambiguously thrilled, as the offense led by new coordinator Brian Daboll exploded for two touchdowns on the first two possessions against the Arizona Cardinals. KC won the battle when it was first string against first string and did it decisively.

San Diego Chargers: No team in the NFL had it worse than the Bolts. Not because of their performance. Their 21-13 win over the Green Bay Packers was sloppy on both sides, but the Chargers did win against a high-caliber opponent. But San Diego lost running back Ryan Mathews for four to six weeks.

Denver Broncos: They got quarterback Peyton Manning on the field and though he threw an interception, August is just about letting Peyton get his sea legs back under him. Add to that the defense shut down the Chicago Bears running game, holding them to 36 yards on the ground in a 31-3 Denver win. Maybe that tough defense the Broncos showed in the second half of last season is here to stay.

Oakland Raiders: When you lose a football game 3-0 the score kind of says it all and the fact Carson Palmer threw an interception in only six attempts is the worst news from a generally ugly night.

It should go without saying that all of these observations are to be couched within the caution of it being August and shouldn’t be seen as anything more than the results of a glorified scrimmage. But as any football coach will tell you, you win games by first building up with a series of little victories. Or you lose games by going in the reverse direction.

Saying the results from Week 1 should be taken with a grain of salt is accurate, but that’s different from saying they should be ignored altogether.

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