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The NFC West Los Angeles Changers ?

By James Fedewa – 2/19/2015

The Chargers and Raiders announced a possible joint-venture today, mutually perusing a $1.7 billion stadium option in Carson, California. A “super” stadium / mega-complex that both teams could call their home.  Initial football fan thoughts have been very negative, regarding two divisional rivals, that share a mutual hate for each other, splitting the same home field.  But moving one of those two teams to the NFC West makes this move  a very interesting scenario and discussion, which could be a very smart business move for the Raiders, Chargers and the NFL.

If you are a Chargers fan, your biggest rival are the Raiders. Same applies with the Broncos and the Chiefs, who call the Raiders their largest Rival. 75% of the AFC West hate the Raiders the most, which is outstanding, considering the Raiders that have been the worst team in the NFL over the last ten years. Yet the Raiders are still the largest rival and most hated team in the AFC West.

In contrast, the mere words “San Diego” generally makes people smile. The beach, the warm weather, the lifestyle, the fun… it’s a vacation city.  If the Chargers dropped their team name and just went with their city name, the team would still have a large fan base. Would you be a fan of The San Diego’s? YES!    Granted, a city does not necessary make a team (but it could in San Diego). Other than the actual team, what creates and generates an overall team? THE FANS. Chargers fans are generally a very nice bunch, which makes it easy, fun (and some what mild) to root for the Chargers.

So which team would join the NFC West? The Raiders or The Chargers?

Could the Raiders sell out a stadium in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle or St. Louis? Probably (San Francisco for sure because of the Bay Area Oakland fans, but one of those city will be moved to the AFC West).

Could the Chargers sell out a stadium in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle or St. Louis? This is debatable, but probable. San Diego fans could travel to Phoenix and San Francisco fairly easy, and Seattle is an old rival from when they were in the AFC West. If any teams FANS would be more accepting of a team moving cities, it will be a mild (and loyal) Chargers fan. Losing the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos rivalry would be devastating for those Charges fans though, but Chargers fans might like a mix up (like Seattle did not too long ago)…

To keep the most rivalries in the AFC West, the Raiders would be the logical team to stay in the AFC West, but which team leave the NFC West? St. Louis Rams? And that’s another debatable geographical oddity for the NFL. Best case scenario for the real fans and the NFL to leave everything alone and move the St. Louis Rams to Carson instead. (sorry St. Louis fans, L.A. is the real home for the Rams)

The Seattle-Screw / Bad Call, Good Win

Monday Night Football came down to a controversial call/replay, last-second, Hail-Mary Pass that resulted in a  touchdown and a come from behind win for the Seattle Seahawks (The Seattle Screw). Blame the replacement referees, blame the instant replay rules, blame the NFL rules in general, but don’t  over analyze the results, that catch, the touchdown, the points on the board, or the win.

No one cheated, so it’s a win.  Even if the Seahawks did cheat, they still won.  It’s the referees call, and the replay could be looked as a legitimate touchdown (by rule).  Dozens of MISSED CALLS or FLAGS  alter football games every week, so why is this TD so differnt? Replacement Refs are under a microscope, NFL is under a microscope, Packers are widely touted and the national spotlight of Monday Night Footaball will over analyze this games result.    There are 32 teams in the NFL that play 16 games each year, and any team would love to take a  win every week, any way you can get it. So any team would take this win.  Think about if the roles were reversed and quarterback Aaron Rogers threw that ball to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, would this win be so controversial? Probably not, because the Packers are the Packers.  If wins gets you into the playoffs, then wins are what you demand. So take the win and enjoy it.

I’m a San Diego Chargers fan, and San Diego lost at least two games in 2011 by factors like the Seattle-Screw  and hand nothing to do with replacement refs either. The 2011 AFC WEST, three of the top teams finished 8 – 8  (Broncos, Raiders & Chargers), and by rule the Broncos win the tie breaker and the division. ONE WIN can mean everything (at the end of the day or season).   Simple ERRORS can lose games and directly affect winning a division, going to the playoffs & jobs, so take any win you can.  When Phillip Rivers fumbled the ball with a lead, getting ready to add to the lead with a field goal and and with seconds left on the clock in Kansas City, do you think Chiefs fans wouldn’t respect that win?  That game was really OVER, but a 2nd to last play, fumbled snap cause a turnover, led to a Chiefs win.
…a win’s a win!
Just because the REAL referees are on strike, doesn’t mean the same thing wouldn’t happen.  Sure, we all want the real refs to resolve their strike and come back, but the Seattle-Screw game is over,  it’s a simultaneous catch, tie goes to the runner (and Seattle’s Golden Tate), end of story. SEE TOM BRADY (vs. the Raiders) and the TUCK RULE.
Blame the Packers for not knocking the ball down (or out), Blame the Packers for not protecting Aaron Rogers, or Blame the Packers for letting it come down to a Hail Mary. Seahawks win, the end…

2012 NFL Predictions (Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle)

The 2012 NFL Season is near, and an opinionated, yet semi-educated, guess/prediction of what will happen this season needs to be noted, by me, for you to read.   So I’ll make a few guesses and point out division winners (and losers) without TOO much invested in actual records, plus an estiamted playoff picture with MVP’s and seasoned indivdual award tacked in there too.
After this seasons Super Bowl, we can all look back and see how amazingly CORRECT I was, or how totally incorrect I can be. After all, this is only a guess, right?

MY DIVISION  PICKS

 AFC East

1. New England

2. Buffalo

3. New York Jets

4. Miami

AFC North

1. Baltimore

2. Cincinnati

3. Pittsburgh

4. Cleveland

AFC South

1. Houston

2. Tennessee

3. Indianapolis

4. Jacksonville

AFC West

1. San Diego

2. Kansas City

3. Denver

4. Oakland

NFC East

1. Philadelphia

2. Dallas

3. New York Giants

4. Washington

NFC North

1. Green Bay

2. Chicago

3. Detroit

4. Minnesota

NFC South

1. Atlanta

2. New Orleans

3. Carolina

4. Tampa Bay

NFC West

1. Seattle

2. San Francisco

3. St. Louis

4. Arizona

ANNUAL AWARDS

Best regular season teams: San Diego & Green Bay, with a 12-4 record

Worst regular season team: Cleveland, with a 2-14 record

MVP: Phillip Rivers, San Diego

Defensive Player of the Year: Mario Williams, Buffalo

Offensive Player of the Year: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Melvin Ingram, San Diego

Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seattle

Most surprising team (positive): San Diego

Most surprising team (negative): Denver

First coach to be fired: Leslie Frazier, Minnesota

PLAYOFFS

AFC wild card games: Houston over Cincinnati, Baltimore over Tennessee

Divisional round: San Diego over Houston, Baltimore over New England

AFC Championship Game: San Diego over Baltimore

NFC wild card games: Atlanta over Chicago, San Francisco over Philadelphia,

Divisional round: Seattle over Philadelphia, Green Bay over San Francisco

NFC Championship Game: Seattle over Green Bay

Super Bowl: San Diego over Seattle