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NFL AFC West
2010-08-19

Ok, so far I’ve covered the NFC East, the NFC West, the NFC South, the NFC North, and the AFC East. Now, I’ll be looking at the AFC West for your football betting needs.

Easily the most disappointing team in the AFC West, the eye sore, the abomination, are the Oakland Raiders. They’re flat out pathetic. I mean, let’s make this simple, as long as Al Davis continues to interfere with the Raiders program, the program will continue to sputter and continue to be the laughing stock of the league. A good example here is the Jimmie Johnson and Jerry Jones fiasco. Jerry Jones meddled way too much in the affairs of the Cowboys. Granted, the man owns the team, but he’s not a coach. He should have left the coaching responsibilities up to the coach, and he should have just worried about the ownership aspect of the Dallas Cowboys.

Anyway, Jerry Jones and Jimmie Johnson didn’t much care for each other, and I suspect that has to do with the fact that Jones tried to be too involved in every aspect of the team. Being involved is good, but you got to know where to draw the line. So, to make a long story short, Jerry Jones fired Jimmie Johnson, the man who won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys. Stupid, huh? You know that saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well, Jerry, the Cowboys weren’t broke, and there was nothing to fix. Another prime example of ownerships gone too far is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban. The man’s eccentric, involved, and I get that, but he’s starting to resemble Jerry Jones more and more every year. The man gets fined all the time and is constantly shelling out money to the National Basketball Association. Hell, even Commissioner David Stern said that he would not hand an NBA Championship trophy to Mark Cuban. I wouldn’t either. I’d throw it at him. With Mark Cuban in constant hot water with the commissioner of the NBA, the focus is being taken off the players and the team. Basically, Mark Cuban is the Terrell Owens of the NBA. He has to be the center of attention and pisses and moans whenever something does not go his way. And you wonder why the Dallas Mavericks have NO championships, Mark? Get the hell out of the way, sit down and shut up, and take being an owner more seriously.

Anyway, moving on to the pitiful Oakland Raiders. In 2009, the Oakland Raiders went 5-11. That’s actually better than I had expected. It was easy to calculate the Raiders’ record. All I had to do was count the losses, which was easy because they far outnumbered the wins. Anyway, the Oakland Raiders are in a bad way right now. After their highly touted draft pick Jamarcus Russell turned out to be a big dull dud, they’re stuck with Rich Gannon. Interestingly enough, team owner Al Davis pushed and pushed to draft Jamarcus Russel, the quarterback out of LSU, against the wise advice of then head coach Lane Kiffin. Again, a prime example of owners being their own worst enemy. For your football betting needs, don’t bet on the Oakland Raiders. The team, like the city, is a lost cause. The Raiders, and I mean Al Davis, threw millions upon millions of dollars at Jamarcus Russell in the hopes that he would pull their horrible team out of the depths of the NFL and bring them back to their glory days. Well, Russell is a bust, and now the Raiders are back at square one. Actually, they’re father back at square one because they have a weak quarterback and still have to shell out millions of dollars to their bust of a quarterback. When I think about it, “square one” might be too generous…

The AFC West is comprised of four teams: the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers, and the Denver Broncos. All of those teams, with the exception of the Broncos and the Chargers, will find themselves at the bottom of the NFL yet again, and will definitely be the reason why the trends in football betting go down. The lines are in at www.sportsbook.com and the Chargers are the clear favorites for the AFC West. At -300 they lead by a wide margin of the other 3 teams. This could be a great time to get in on a long shot early before the odds start to swing.