Found September 07, 2012 on Football Nation:
The start of a new season is when fans, media, and players boost their teams up and create as much hype as possible when it comes to why "they" are going to come out on top.Of course, some of the back-and-forth talk is legitimate, but most of it is related to teams with question marks who are trying to have fun and intimidate their opponents.You do not hear the Packers or Patriots, for example, talking about how they are yet again going to advance in the playoffs.On the other hand, in a division with plenty of uncertainty such as the AFC West, there has been a lot of back and forth chit chat about which team will come out on top.The Kansas City Chiefs have been the bandwagon favorite for months, the Denver Broncos have had their horn tooted due to Peyton Manning being the difference, the Oakland Raiders have heard analysts saying they wouldn't be surprised if this team was in it until the end, and the San Diego Chargers have been the franchise for years that has enough...
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