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How The Chiefs Fit Into A Wide-Open AFC West

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July 24, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner (center) talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
July 24, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner (center) talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

I caught this video of SI's Peter King talking about to 1090 Sports Radio in San Diego about the Chargers and he happened to say a few things about the KC Chiefs as well.

Like many others, King said the AFC West was up for grabs. He wouldn't be surprised to see the Chargers or Denver Broncos win the AFC West, only slightly surprised to see the Chiefs win and a little surprised to see the Raiders win it.

His point with the Chiefs is a fair one. Basically, would you rather have Matt Cassel throwing to his receivers or Peyton Manning or Philip Rivers throwing to their receivers?

"Look, I like Jonathan Baldwin and I like Dwayne Bowe," King said. "Don't get me wrong -- I don't mean they're not as good. I just don't know right now if Matt Cassel to those guys is as impactful or effective as Peyton Manning to his receivers or Philip Rivers to his receivers. I don't say that negatively to Bowe and Baldwin as much as I say I haven't seen the quarterback and those receivers be great for an extended period of time."

Manning and Rivers have been pretty damn good for a long time (Manning not so much recently). I can see that logic. It's a quarterback-driven league.

"But the one thing the Chiefs do and do very well is they put pressure on the quarterback," he continued. "Romeo Crennel is going to have a system in place where he has Tamba Hali and he has Derrick Johnson. Guys who are going to significantly impact the passing game."

The Chiefs linebackers are going to shine this year. I see two Pro Bowlers in Hali and DJ and Justin Houston definitely looks like he's on his way up. This might be the strongest unit on the entire team.

"I'm fascinated by this division," King continued. "I think it probably is the first time in a long time, maybe since 2005, where coming into the year the Chargers haven't been the overwhelming favorite."

Video of the interview is posted after the jump. Gotta sit through six minutes of Chargers talk though.