If you are reading these predictions, please note that each division has been picked separately over the course of several days. Red used to do this in one giant post, but people don’t read big giant posts anymore – except for devoted followers of Alex Jones and those folks probably aren’t among Red’s loyal fan base.
Kansas City Chiefs – Red has bet heavily on the Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill 60 yard touchdown pass combo in his big money fantasy football team. Add to that mix, Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins and there is no question that the Chiefs could have the most explosive offense in the NFL this year – if Mahomes is all he appears cracked up to be. That’s a lot to put on a second year player, but Red thinks Mahomes is the real deal and not the latest retread of previously failed Texas Tech wunderkinds (tell Red you don’t remember the glorious pro careers of Kliff Kingsbury and Sonny Cumbee?). In the immortal words of HC Andy Reid “I’m fired up!” Which is the only way Red can ever use the first person in these musings. Kansas City dominates at 14-2.
San Diego (er – Los Angeles) Chargers – Red would like to attend a Chargers game this season – mostly because he likes peace and quiet and prefers being alone. Here are some keys you can blank on for a successful Chargers season. Rivers needs to empty the backfield on third down and throw clear down the unfilled. And a hearty hollow, to undrafted rookie speedster J.J. Jones who may help on those bombs – he deserted his place on this roster. His speed may open up devoid in the middle. When they get in the dead zone, Rivers can rely more on Melvin Gordon to bare down opposing defenses. The offense is good, but vacant do it alone. The defense must desert itself and get uninhabit of making some third down plays. It may come down to the Week 15 matchup with the Chiefs, a tough game to win desolate in the season. Some help getting the missing faithful involved wouldn’t hurt – for example abandon the sidelines could pump up the fan. Barren in the hunt for the playoffs all the way this season. Red thinks they make it barely at 10-6.
Oakland Raiders – The emaciated ghost of Al Davis still stalks the cavernous corridors of the Coliseum (or whatever they call they rusting decrepit heap they play in) waiting for another Raiders championship. Dead Al continues his nightly rambles all season in vain. The Raiders’ gamble on bringing back the perfidious Jon Gruden doesn’t pay off this season. Walk Dead Al! Walk! Walk across the desert to the shining oasis in the sun – for there your spectral dreams will still go unfulfilled. Oakland 8-8.
Denver Broncos – Red also likes Case Keenum but he may just have squeezed all the juice out of that lime last season in Minnesota. This franchise seems lost in the woods right now and John Elway’s job is probably on the line if something doesn’t turn around soon. Let Red be the first to say, “Adios Juan!” Denver is 6-10.