Now that we have the East, North and South out of the way, we turn to the AFC West. Kansas City and Los Angeles finished tied with a 12-4 last season. As we all know, Kansas City won the tiebreaker, was the top seed and reach the conference championship game. The Chiefs and Chargers are two of the favorites in the AFC to reach the Super Bowl. Denver is hoping to recapture past Magic this upcoming season. Oakland is hoping they can turn their misfortunes around before they head to Las Vegas. Will it be a two team race or with the Raiders and Broncos make it a four team race? Who’s winning the AFC West in 2019?
The Broncos finished with a 6-10 record last season. Ever since Peyton Manning retired, Denver have been looking for a franchise QB. They brought in Joe Flacco with the hopes he could recapture his magic from his time in Baltimore. The Broncos defense should be good once again, but they’re hoping to not spend so much time on the field. Denver is hoping they have their QB of the future in rookie Drew Lock. The Broncos should be good at WR and Phillip Lindsay could be a great RB in the league. Can the Broncos challenge for the AFC West crown this upcoming season?
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City is hoping to make that next step this upcoming season. Patrick Mahomes is coming off an MVP season. The 2018 MVP should have the Chiefs as one of the better offenses in the league. Kansas City replaces a lot of their aging veteran during the offseason. The Chiefs managed to replace Dee Ford, Steven Nelson, Justin Houston, and Eric Berry with Tyrann Mathieu, Frank Clark, Besahud Breeland, and Alex Okafor. To head the defense, Kansas City brought in Steve Spagnuolo. Kansas City is poised to make another run. The question is, will they capture the AFC West and finally reach the Super Bowl?
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers head into this season with a dilemma with their star running back. Melvin Gordon said he will not play without a new contract. Gordon have even said that wants to be traded from the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers will need someone like Gordon if they want to repeat their success from a year ago. Philip Rivers seems to have elevated his play despite getting up there in age. Los Angeles brought in veteran linebacker Thomas Davis to help the defense. If Melvin Gordon doesn’t play, can the Chargers make a run at the AFC West this season?
Oakland witnessed a massive change during their offseason. After having a great draft, Oakland was able to sign Antonio Brown. The Brown signing definitely upgraded their receiving core, but they didn’t stop there. Oakland went out and signed Tyrell Williams away from the Chargers. On offense, they bulked up on the offensive line to give Derek Carr protection. They also added quality pieces on defense, and they should be even better next season. With all those new pieces, can the Raiders pull off a worse-to-first scenario? How will the Raiders fare in the AFC West next season?
My Division Picks
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Oakland Raiders
- Denver Broncos
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