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NFL Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Posted by Raymond Leon Categories: NFL, College Basketball,

Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs

2007 RECORD: 4-12

Overview: The Kansas City Chiefs……wow. I don’t know where to start. When Trent Green left the team to get knocked out in Miami, the once deafening Arrowhead Stadium could’ve been mistaken for a ballet recital.  Team chemistry was at an all-time high!  Green was made for the Chiefs, and the Chiefs were made for Green. Why would Green leave an offense that had everything, but wide receivers, especially with the addition of Dwayne Bowe helping the receiving situation. The Chiefs looked tremendous on paper in the beginning of the season with All-Pros Larry Johnson in the backfield and one of the best tight ends in NFL history in Tony Gonzalez. Green left and was part of arguably one of the worst teams in NFL history, the 2007 Miami Dolphins. Moving on, the Chiefs weren’t better off without Green under center. Early in the season the Chief’s main rusher, Johnson, was injured. Chiefs’ fans then saw the return of a huge fan favorite, Priest Holmes. No sooner than he had come, Holmes received a career-ending back injury. Not to pour salt in the wound, but Kansas City wasn’t exactly a hot spot for QB’s either - Brodie who? Damon Huard? But, in all fairness there is no Q and B in team.  And unfortunately, no real protection as either as the offensive line gave up a jaw-breaking 55 sacks. Chiefs fans were hit hard last year, but as they say, “after the night the sun must rise.” In no other league is that theme more prevalent than in the NFL, and hopefully for the Chiefs.

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NFL Preview: Oakland Raiders

Posted by Raymond Leon Categories: NFL,

JaMarcus Russell hopes to live up to the Oakland Raiders expectations

2007 RECORD: 4-12

Overview: Overall, the Oakland Raiders have nowhere left to go but up. The team has made significant changes in their coaching staff, player personnel, and overall style of play. The team that showcased a gun-slinging offense that was led by Rich Gannon is seemingly long gone. In his sophomore year, head coach Lane Kiffin led the Raiders to only four wins, but ended the season as the sixth-highest rushing team in the league. Things are finally looking better for what seemed to be an endless black hole.

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NFL Preview: San Diego Chargers

Posted by Raymond Leon Categories: NFL,

LaDainian Tomlinson running it for the San Diego Chargers

2007 RECORD: 11-5

Overview: The San Diego Chargers opened the season 1-3 and the city of San Diego wanted to run Marty Schottenheimer’s replacement at head coach, Norv Turner, out of town. Turner turned around the season quickly, eventually managing to achieve a 10-2 record for the remainder of the season. In the end, Turner led the Chargers to an AFC West division title. During the playoffs, the Bolts defeated the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts before losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Turner set the bar high in his first season and now has to live up to it. 

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NFL Preview: Denver Broncos

Posted by Raymond Leon Categories: NFL,

Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos breaks it up

2007 RECORD: 7-9

Overview: For only the second time in 13 seasons, Mike Shanahan directed the Denver Broncos to a losing season (7-9). The offense couldn’t put up the points that they used to, but they did move the football as they finished the season 11th in total offense and averaging 346.3 yards per game. The Broncos are a well-rounded team and as every NFL coach knows, that is what makes them so hard to stop. Shanahan wouldn’t have it any other way.

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2008 NFL Team Previews

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: NFL,

NFL Team Previews

The NFL season is upon us and what better way to get into the mood for some pigskin than to read some NFL Team Previews brought to you by the writers of Gear Live’s upcoming blog dedicated solely to FOOTBALL!!!  Keep an eye out for it!  But, for now, check out what Dean Browski (AFC South, NFC East), Charles Mitri (NFC North), and Scott Sargent (AFC North) have to say about the upcoming season! In the next few days, you’ll be able to read the wisdom of Raymond Leon (AFC West), Kevin Moore (NFC South), Juan Ruiz (NFC West), and myself (AFC East)!  So, come on back!


AFC EAST: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets / Division Predictions

AFC NORTH: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers / Division Predictions

AFC SOUTH: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans / Division Predictions

AFC WEST: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers / Division Predictions


NFC EAST: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins / Division Predictions

NFC NORTH: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings / Division Predictions

NFC SOUTH: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Division Predictions

NFC WEST: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams / Division Predictions

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