These division previews appear in the Sept. 7 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
Check out each division previewed here:
Projected order of finish
1. San Diego Chargers (13-3)
Last year's team had one of the NFL's best passing attacks, even with a gimpy LT, who's healthy. So are defensive stalwarts Shawne Merriman and Antonio Cromartie. Come January, though, the team will still be hamstrung by the hapless Norv Turner.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
Shotgun-happy Matt Cassel matches up well with shotgun-happy head coach Todd Haley, and we know Scott Pioli can run a franchise. But expect tough going as Glenn Dorsey, Derrick Johnson and the rest of the front seven swap positions to implement the 3-4.
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