Three of Four AFC West Teams Made Playoffs Last Year, Can They Do It Again?
The AFC West has been won by the Denver Broncos for the last
three seasons, and they look poised to win it for a fourth straight time, should
the team stay healthy.
Let's take a look at the
future odds from LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas, and some of the offseason moves by
each team in the division heading into this season.
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The Broncos are 6/1 to win the Super Bowl, 2/1 to repeat as AFC champs and 1/4 to win the division (click here for latest NFL future odds from LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas).
After their Super Bowl blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks,General
Manager John Elway made a big effort to upgrade the defense in adding key free
agents with DE DeMarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib, and SS TJ Ward. The offensive question mark will be at running back regarding
whether or not second-year player Montee
Ball is ready to handle the load as the starter in place of departed free agent
Knowshon Moreno. Expect to see more of the same from Denver.
The Chiefs made a big
jump last year under new head coach Andy Reid, finishing with an 11-5 record after
a 2-14 mark the year before. They are 35/1 to win the Super Bowl, 17/1 to
win the AFC and 11/2 to win the AFC West.
KC ended last season on a down note, losing in the Wild Card
round to the Indianapolis Colts 45-44, blowing a 28-point lead in the game. The defense is expected to be solid, and the Chiefs will
continue to feature All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles on offense. Their
question mark will be along the offensive line with the departure of multiple
starters via free agency.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers ended last year with a 9-7 record and a playoff
win, but could not get past the Broncos, losing 24-17 in the divisional round.They
are 35/1 to win the Super Bowl, 17/1 to win the AFC and 11/2 to win the division. San Diego head coach Mike McCoy will look to build on hisfirst
year of success. His QB Phillip Rivers returned to form in the new offense,
winning Comeback Player of the Year honors.
The Chargers went CB in the first round of the NFL draft, taking
TCU's Jason Verrett. Their pass defense ranked 29th last year, and
they also addressed this need by signing former Chief Brandon Flowers after he
was released by KC. If there is improvement in the secondary as expected, look
for San Diego to challenge for the
The Raiders were the worst in the division yet again last
season. They are 100/1 to win the Super Bowl, 45/1 to win the AFC and 25/1 to
win the division. Believe it or not, this was a huge jump from last week when they were 200/1 to win the Super Bowl and 90/1 to win the AFC.
Oakland added a host of veteran free agents at multiple
positions in an attempt to improve on last season's 4-12 record, the team's 11th
straight non-winning campaign. Included among that group are DE Justin Tuck, LB
LaMarr Woodley, WR James Jones and RB Maurice Jones-Drew. However, the most important free-agent acquisition just
might be QB Matt Schaub, as the Raiders will need solid play out of him if they
intend on getting out of the cellar of the division this year.
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