With the Broncos poised to lose against the Colts in Indianapolis, a share of first place in the AFC West is ours to take in Miami.
I saw a screaming headline on SI.com last week, stating that San Diego’s problems aren’t Norv Turner’s fault, it’s the Chargers defense’s fault. Wow. Based on that logic, Art Shell should still be our coach. After all, last year was the offense’s fault, right?
Look at it this way—there is only one team in our division that appears to be progressing, as opposed to regressing, compared to last year. That team is the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers have already equaled their loss total of 2006. Who wants to bet that the Chiefs will win nine games for a second straight year? As for the Broncos, they’re two last-second field goals away from an 0-3 record.
Now the Broncos head to Indianapolis. Good luck. I predict a loss—which means that a Raiders victory over the Dolphins will put them into a share of first place in the AFC West. I think that Lane Kiffin is Mike Shanahan’s worst nightmare. Shanahan has feasted on the ineptitude of Norv Turner and Art Shell for the past three years. Now he knows there’s no longer a free lunch in Oakland. In fact, he’d better protect his own lunch money, because Kiffin’s got an appetite.
I don’t want to get too cocky with a mere two points against the Browns separating us from a winless record this year. But if we dish up some Florida sushi on Sunday, and if the Broncos lose to the Colts, then it’s a whole new season, and momentum will be on our side. This game is bigger than I could have ever imagined. Seize the day, Oakland Raiders.