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Plant a Flag: NFL Team

Footballguys staff members make a stand on an NFL team

Make a call on an NFL team. Who will surprise - either good or bad? Why?

Chris Feery: I like the Oakland Raiders to take a leap forward in 2016. In fact, I see a clear path for them to finish second in the AFC West and challenge for a Wild Card spot. The schedule sets up pretty well for them overall this season, and they showed plenty of promising signs in 2015. David Carr looks to be the real deal at QB, and I expect the defense to be vastly improved in year two of the Jack Del Rio era. On the division front, I’m envisioning a relatively challenging Super Bowl hangover type season for the Denver Broncos, which could push them into the neighborhood of 8-8. There’s too many question marks in the air to expect the San Diego Chargers to crack .500 when all is said and done. That leaves the Kansas City Chiefs to contend with, and we’ll assume they pick up where they left off in 2015 and take down the division crown. The Raiders can easily reside in second place with a mark of 10-6, and that record should also be enough to place them squarely in the mix for a playoff berth.